Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Baked Ziti

I've been inspired recently by Beth Fish Reads weekend cooking event when she made a simple baked Ziti.  It's been a while since I made that dish, pure comfort food, so it's been rectified.  Behold........easy, filling and the heck with calories!


When our son lived at home I made a much bigger pan but as it's the two of us I found the smaller corning ware dish did the trick.  I don't have a true recipe but toss in some of our favorites such as extra mushrooms (I know not everyone likes mushrooms) and cottage cheese to make it creamier.

I like using the Tuttorosso brand tomatoes, either the crushed or the diced.  Crushed are my favorite.


On this version I sauteed chopped onion and garlic in olive oil.  Then I added roughly 10 ounces of sliced mushrooms and one large chopped tomato.  Once everything is softened I tip in the 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and let it simmer.

Boil Ziti then drain.  Alternate layers of sauce, ziti, spoons of cottage cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Top generously with mozzarella.  Bake and enjoy with garlic toast or homemade bread.  We had salad and a bottle of red.

It's usually cold this time of year but we haven't had many days under 50 degrees.  Still this was nice comfort food.

Sharing with Beth Fish Reads for the Weekend Cooking Series with all the foodie events.  


  1. Oh, this looks delicious! Comfort, indeed! Now I'm going to have to put this on my list of upcoming meals. This is something I know will work for me, Ty, AND Sage.

  2. I was thinking of making this again this week! Sooooo perfect for winter. Glad I inspired you. I'll give those tomatoes a try. I tend to go with Wegman's brand.

  3. Baked ziti is one of my favorites and it's a great dish for a group! Everyone seems to love it.

  4. This looks like a perfect hearty winter dish. I just read a whole book on pasta sauces, and I think you might enjoy it, too. I love the way you created this dish using all the things you enjoy.

  5. I must be the only person on this planet that doesn't care for pasta. I make it just to please my husband.

  6. Yum, wish I had some right now!

  7. It looks delicious! Extra mushrooms for me please! ;-)

  8. Baked pasta of all types is a delicious indulgence, as far as I'm concerned. The creamier the better -- that cottage cheese is a great addition. It would work in lasagne too.

    best... mae at


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