Classic Baked Ziti

This classic baked ziti dish is a winner, winner pasta dinner! It is perfectly cheesy, perfectly saucy, and it is packed with flavor.

  • 1 lb cooked ziti or penne ( cook for half the reccomended time and set aside).
  • 4 cups home made or store bought marinara sauce
  • 1 lb fresh rikotta cheese
  • 1 cup freshly sliced Fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • 15 to 20 fresh basil leaves roughly torn
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • Preheat oven to 350*F .  Set aside a 13 by 11 baking dish.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with 1 cup of sauce . Stir in red pepper flakes ( optional ) and fresh basil. Set aside.
  • Pour in 1 cup of sauce in the base of the baking dish , spread it out to cover the entire base of the dish . Pour in and spread the sauced pasta .
  • Top the pasta with spoonfuls of rikotta , make sure to cover the pasta evenly , top with more basil .
  • Top the pasta and basil with 1 cup of marinara sauce , spread it to cover the pasta well .
  • Sprinkle on 1/2 the Parmigiano cheese and half the fontina cheese .
  • Cover with the final cup of sauce and the rest of the cheese .
  • This may seem excessive sauce but , during baking , as the pasta continues to cook , the dish will dry as it cooks without adequate liquid .
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes , until the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned .
Source : allrecipes.Com

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