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Baked ziti
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Baked ziti with tomato sauce and cheese
Alternative namesBaked pasta
Place of originItaly
Region or stateSicily
Main ingredientsZiti pasta, sauce (tomatoes, cheese)

Baked ziti is a casserole with ziti pasta and a Neapolitan-style tomato sauce. It is a characteristic of Italian-American cuisine.[1][2] It is a form of pasta al forno.


Typically, the pasta is first boiled separately until it is nearly, but not completely, done. The almost-cooked pasta is added to a tomato-based sauce. The tomato-coated pasta is then combined with cheese, typically a mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan. Other ingredients can be added with the cheese, such as ground meat, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and onions. The combined ingredients are placed in a baking dish, covered with mozzarella cheese, baked in the oven and served hot.[3] If unavailable, ziti can be substituted with other tubular pastas such as penne or rigatoni.

See also


  1. ^ Oseland, James (April 20, 2011). Saveur: The New Comfort Food - Home Cooking from Around the World. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0811878012.
  2. ^ Lidia Matticchio Bastianich; Tanya Bastianich Manuali (October 25, 2011). Lidia's Italy in America. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0307595676.
  3. ^ "Baked Ziti Recipe". NYT Cooking. Retrieved June 27, 2023.