No Boil Baked ziti

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No Boil Baked Ziti

No Boil Baked Ziti

Skip the step of boiling your pasta! Especially in the summer. This turned out deliciously and was a hit. Both with me and the family.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup, approximately, grated parmesan cheese
  • 28oz diced tomatoes
  • 15oz tomato sauce
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • 2-3 tbs Epicure Marinara Sauce Mix
  • 1 pound dried ziti pasta
  • 1/2-1 cup broth or water
  • 1 (15 to 16-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese

Instructions

Drain and cut 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese into 1/2-inch cubes.

Pour the canned tomato products with the Marinara Sauce Mix in the baking dish. Stir. Add 1 pound dried ziti pasta, the cubed mozzarella, and half the Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine everything evenly.

"Plop" the ricotta evenly over the top and gently stir. Keep a few large pockets of ricotta here and there. Spread the mixture into an even layer and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake until the pasta is almost tender but still quite al dente, about 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes more.

If you like, add your favorite Italian garnishes, like fresh basil or parsley.

Notes

This will get nice and bubbly as it cooks. Make sure your ingredients do NOT overflow at all as you assemble them.

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