Cheesy Baked Ziti

Cheesy Baked Ziti
Cheesy Baked Ziti

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    lb uncooked ziti

  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 1

    onion, chopped

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1

    (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1

    (15 oz) container ricotta cheese

  • 1

    container McLaren's Imperial Cheese (optional)-at room temperature

  • 2

    cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1/2

    cup skim milk

  • 1/3

    cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/3

    cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1/2

    t pepper

  • 1/4

    t salt

Directions

Method: Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in a large bowl. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté one more minute. Remove from heat; stir in tomatoes. Place ricotta cheese, Imperial Cheese (if using),1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, 2 T parmesan cheese and milk in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add the tomato and cheese mixture, parsley, basil and pepper to the cooked pasta. Toss well to combine. Spray a three-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon the pasta mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 T Parmesan cheese. Bake at 400˚ F for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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