Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread



Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread

Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread is a classic Italian-American comfort dish that never fails to impress. It’s a hearty and flavorful pasta bake, perfect for gatherings or a cozy family dinner. The combination of ziti pasta, rich marinara sauce, creamy cheeses, and the irresistible garlic bread on top creates a mouthwatering experience.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the ziti pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the marinara sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked ziti pasta, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and spread it evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. While the ziti is baking, prepare the garlic bread according to the package instructions.
  10. Remove the baked ziti from the oven and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
  11. Serve the Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread hot and enjoy!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread is a deliciously cheesy pasta bake that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The combination of ziti pasta, rich marinara sauce, and a crispy garlic bread topping makes this dish a family favorite.

Nutritional information: Calories: 450, Total Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 650mg, Total Carbohydrates: 49g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 23g

Baked Ziti with Garlic Bread is not only a delicious meal but also a heartwarming experience. The creamy, cheesy pasta combined with the savory marinara sauce creates a comforting bite. The golden-baked garlic bread on top adds a delightful crunch and an extra layer of flavor. Whether you’re serving this at a gathering or a family dinner, it’s a dish that brings people together over a shared love of good food.