- Preheat oven to 350º. In a medium saucepan, bring marinara sauce to a simmer and keep heated. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup of mozzarella and the remaining cheeses. Set aside.
- In a large pot, cook pasta in salted, boiling water until al dente (approx. 9-11 minutes). Drain, return hot pasta to pot and toss with olive oil, pepper, basil, and remained 1 cup of mozzarella. Pour the heated marinara sauce over pasta and mix together (if using sausage, add with sauce).
- Pour pasta into 8 x 8 baking dish. Top with blended cheeses. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly bubbly. Serve with hot garlic bread.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Don't Panic - Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family
Four Cheese Baked Ziti
Yield: 6 servings
3 cups marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
3/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (regular or sharp)
1 t. salt
12 oz ziti or penne pasta
3 T. olive oil
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. dried basil (or 1 T. fresh basil, chopped)
1/2 lb. Italian sausage (pork, turkey, or chicken), cooked