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Classic Meatless Baked Ziti

This classic meatless baked ziti is an easy layered pasta dish made with a zesty sauce, 3 different kinds of cheeses, and baked until golden and bubbly!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 475kcal


  • 1 pound Ziti pasta
  • 32 ounces tomato sauce
  • 16 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese divided in half
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese divided in half
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Cook the penne pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta in a colander.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ½ cup parmesan
  • cheese, eggs, garlic, parsley and Italian seasoning to a large bowl and stir to combine well
  • In a 9x13 baking dish, add half of the sauce and spread evenly all around the dish.
  • Add the cooked/ drained pasta to cheese mixture and toss well to coat
  • Add the pasta mixture to the baking dish spread evenly.
  • Top with remaining sauce, then the other 1 cup mozzarella and ½ cup parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is melted and slightly brown.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes


Use other pasta like rotini or rigatoni as well.
Freezes well. After assembling the ingredients, cover the dish with plastic wrap then aluminum foil and freeze for up to 2 months.
When ready to bake, thaw in the refrigerator the day of baking. Be sure to remove the  plastic wrap before baking.
You can also place the frozen dish in the oven BEFORE preheating the oven and add an additional 15 minutes to making time. (again remove the plastic wrap before baking)


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1036mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1087IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 528mg | Iron: 3mg