Ingredients:

  • 1 lb box of ziti
  • 24 oz (3 C) marinara sauce – divided
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C (4 oz) parmesan cheese – shredded or grated
  • 4 C (16 oz) mozzarella cheese – shredded – divided
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Boil/cook ziti according to package instructions
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese, 2 C mozzarella cheese, pepper and italian seasoning – set aside
  4. Lightly grease a 10.5″ x 15.5″ x 2″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray (or you can use 2 – 8″ square baking pans – just divide equally, when layering, between the 2 pans)
  5. Spoon 1/4 C sauce in baking pan – it should slightly cover the bottom
  6. Start layering in the following order:  1/2 of the ziti, all of the ricotta cheese mixture, 1-3/4 C sauce, 1/2 of the ziti, 1C sauce, 2 C mozzarella cheese
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned

Notes:

  1. If desired, add 1 lb cooked & well drained (squeeze with a paper towel) bulk italian sausage chunks on top of the ricotta cheese mixture
  2. Great served with my Italian Garlic Cheese Rolls – click here for the recipe:  Italian Garlic Cheese Rolls
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