This Easy Baked Ziti is a great Italian casserole recipe for feeding a crowd filled with pasta, sausage, and cheese. This is my go-to recipe when I have to entertain company.
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EASY BAKED ZITI
For the first year of our marriage whenever I cooked I instinctively made enough food for ten people at least without even thinking about it. I was just used to cooking for a ton of people being from such a large family.
Back then John could almost kill a whole 9X13 pan of food by himself…but things change. His metabolism has slowed down and he doesn’t eat nearly as much as he used to. As for me…I’m still trying to find my metabolism from those days. It must be hiding in a closet somewhere with my pre-birthing hips!
My mom’s house is still the gathering place on Sunday. Every Sunday my mom still makes enough food for around 40 people. Sometimes only 10 people come over, sometimes a huge crowd. Although I live thousands of miles away from her now, on Sundays I still tend to cook big meals.
I am always looking for recipes to feed a crowd since we like to have friends over to our house for dinner often. This easy Baked Ziti recipe is great because both the kids and the adults will like it. It’s also a great take in meal for someone who is sick or just had a baby.
In full disclosure, I have two baked ziti recipes. This Baked Ziti is a little more complex and uses more pans. It’s more traditional. This ziti recipe is a little easier and better for when you don’t have as much patience or time.
Add a salad and some garlic bread and you’re set. This easy Baked Ziti recipe makes a heaping 9X13 casserole so if you are just feeding your little family you should half it. The sour cream and Provolone give it great flavor. It has a similar taste to lasagna without all the hard work!
Tips for How to Make Baked Ziti:
- It’s important to cook your pasta al dente. The pasta continues to cook when you bake it and you don’t want the ziti to be soggy.
- The recipe calls for Italian sausage but using a hot sausage will give it a lot of flavor if you like a little heat.
- If you want to make ahead of time and freeze, this Baked Ziti freezes well.
OTHER ITALIAN RECIPES
- Unstuffed Shells Casserole
- Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
- One-Pan Baked Ziti Skillet
- Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells
- Sausage Baked Ziti
- One-Pan Spinach Artichoke Pasta
- Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
- One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta