This 5 ingredient baked ziti is perfect for busy days when you need a quick dinner idea! You can have dinner in the oven in just 15 minutes!
This baked ziti recipe that is super easy, but still delicious. I know, I know, baked ziti isn’t exactly healthy, but if you use whole wheat noodles and part skim ricotta, I promise it’s not so bad! I’ve even made this dish with chickpea noodles which makes this dish gluten-free and full of plant-based protein!
With just 5 ingredients, you can make a delicious vegetarian dinner!
- 12 oz whole wheat ziti noodles (or chickpea pasta)
- 24 oz jar of marinara sauce
- 15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
- 8 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella
- 1 oz parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the ziti. Cook according to package directions.
- In a large bowl. Mix the ricotta and marinara sauce.
- Drain the ziti, saving 1/3 cup pasta water.
- Add the pasta water to the ricotta mixture and stir in the ziti noodles.
- Spread in a lightly greased glass baking dish.
- Top with mozzarella and cover with foil.
- Bake for 20 minutes covered, and another 10 uncovered.
- Before serving, grate the parmesan cheese over each serving.
- Store leftovers in the fridge and simply reheat in the microwave!
We actually halved this recipe originally, but next time I’d make the full recipe since the leftovers were delicious. If you make the full recipe, it would serve 6-8 people.
Keywords: Baked ziti
It ends up being around 450 calories per serving, which isn’t exactly light but it’s also not so bad for cheesy baked pasta! Plus, you’ll get 27g of protein. You can see all the nutritional info here.
We saved leftovers for Sunday and I was wishing we’d made an even larger batch so I could have more leftovers 😉 While I know pasta has a reputation for being a “bad” food I like to think that there is a place for every food in moderation. Ziti noodles get bonus points for being super easy to eat- no noodle slurping required.