Friday, August 26, 2011

Baked Ziti- YUM

Baked Ziti: Baked sauce, tubular pasta oozing with cheese, and fragrant herbs all baked into one amazing meal. 
For this delicious meal you'll need a few intreasting ingredients:

Basil! Mozarella cheese (non shreaded), 14 oz of diced tomatos

cottage cheese, 28 oz tomato sauce, cornstarch, heavy cream

garlic, oregano, pasta

 Start off by measuring 1lb of cottage cheese (trust me, it works well with this recipe!)

drop in parmesan cheese:

Add 2 eggs:

Then wisk! Don't be afraid of texture, it ends up tasting wonderful in the end. 

Cook pasta until al dente. (about 5 minutes) :

Chop up 5 fegs garlic:

Chop up 2 bunches of basil (about 1 1/2 cups)

Heat up oil and garlic:

When fragrant/cooked add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes

add oregano:

Lower to medium heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Chop up some mozarella cheese:

Once the sauce is done simmering, take the pan off the heat.  Stir in basil, black pepper and sauce.

In a small bowl mix heavy creme and cornstarch togethor:

heat heavy cream and cornstarch mixture in a pot until thickened (about 2 minutes).  Then remove pot from heat and add cottage cheese mixture:

Mix in a scoop of blue bunny almond fudge:

JUST KIDDING!  Save that for after your delicious baked ziti!

Add one cup tomato sauce,  mozarella cheese, and stir in pasta:

Place in a 9x13 pan, top off with mozarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. 

Cover in foil and cook for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 2 minutes.  let cool and then serve!


I've found tons of recipies for baked ziti; however the one which appeared the most promising was Cook's Illustrated baked ziti recipe which called for cottage cheese, heavy creme, and cornstarch among other ingredients.  At first glance, i was suprised, however I have found that cook's illustrated not only provides reliable and wonderfully thought out recipies, but odd ingriedients at times make amazing meals! 


  1. My grandmother had a recipe for alfredo sauce and cottage cheese baked ziti, so i think this should be pretty good.

  2. your pictures make my stomach jealous. save me a piece

  3. Hey! It looks great, but can you post the recipe? Thanks!

  4. That looks scrumptious.