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You Asked For It: Easy Baked Ziti

In the late 1990s I clipped a recipe from the St. Petersburg Times for easy baked ziti. It called for store-bought sauce, ricotta cheese and both were mixed in a blender. Does anyone have this recipe? Kimberly Milne, Clearwater

Phyllis O'Farrell shares a recipe she has used for many years. It is simple to make and a favorite in her family. Phyllis keeps extra sauce warmed in case anyone wants some with their serving. You aren't likely to find an easier recipe for baked ziti. The cheese and sauce are not blended in a blender but you could probably use this method. It's not difficult to do by hand, though, if you don't want to dirty the blender. Serve with a salad and garlic bread to complete the meal.

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Easy Baked Ziti

26- or 28-ounce jar spaghetti sauce

16-ounce container ricotta cheese

1 pound ziti, cooked and drained

2 (8-ounce) packages shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (about 4 cups)

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sauce and ricotta in large bowl. Add ziti, 3 cups of the mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. Toss to mix well.

Pour into a lightly greased 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: Phyllis O'Farrell

You Asked For It: Easy Baked Ziti 12/29/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 3:30am]
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