Baked Ziti

I’ve been doing pretty good with keeping us on a schedule since we’ve moved. What I haven’t managed to do is put much diversity into our meals lately. We’ve been eating the same old things and I’m getting tired of it. Last week I went on a mission to find some other quick and easy meals to whip up and I came across this recipe for baked ziti.

I know, baked ziti isn’t an earth shattering, palette improving meal but it’s quick and this recipe was one of the best that I’ve tasted. Of course I did a little tweaking! Find the original recipe here.

The recipe calls for a preheated oven at 400 degrees. My oven is convection and the converted temp is 375.IMG_9304

The recipe called for making some type of quick Tomato sauce that had sausage in it. I didn’t have time for all of that so I took some lean turkey meat and pre-cooked it with some seasoning.


then added in some jar tomato sauce. Don’t be like me, make the sauce from scratch. I’m sure it was delicious.


While that was simmering I cut up some fresh Mozzarella cheese. Now this I will tell you probably made the difference in this recipe. Normally I just use the one in the package but this was life changing. I cubed half of it and thinly sliced the other.


While I was slicing and cubing the cheese the noodles were going for a little boil.


Once the noodles were done, I added in the cubed portions of the cheese, the turkey mixture, a little pepper, Parmesan cheese and mixed it all together.


Put it all in a baking dish, covered with the thinly sliced Mozzarella and topped that with a little shredded Parmesan and stuck in the over for about 30 minutes.


Voila! This picture is a little bit of a struggle but I didn’t get a photo once I cut it. Trust me this was really good. I’m sure the fresh cheese made all of the difference.


….cause you have to let the edge cheese burn just a little. Not a lot. Just a little.

Have you tried a new recipe lately? Do share!


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    August 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Fresh cheese always makes a difference. Hmm new recipes I don’t have but this looks good will have to try it.

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    Tori | Glasses and Glitter
    August 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Just box all that up and send it to my house! lol Looks delish!!

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    Laila (@OnlyLaila)
    August 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I LOVE making baked ziti. I usually used the packaged cheese, will give the fresh cheese a try.

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    Legally Chocolat
    August 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Looks tasty!

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    August 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    This looks delicious! And I totally agree, you just HAVE to let the cheese burn a lil bit!

    I’m soooo trying this!

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    Miss Foodie Fab
    August 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Great job, Mimi. Do more of these. Oh and I thought for a minute you have double stoves, and I almost lost it. I was like, “No fair!” Love your kitchen, though. And si to Goya. I need to try that one. I love all things Goya.

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    August 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Yummy! I need to bookmark this! P.S. I love the cabinets in your kitchen!

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    Mrs. Delightful
    August 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Baked Ziti is a big hit in our home. I use whatever we have on hand, and keep it moving. I try to use fresh mozzarella. But that rarely happens; I’m going to try using it again. I am in search for some quick and easy meals as well. I get so tired of the same ole same ole. You would think with all of these awesome recipes floating around on the internet. We would be trying different recipes every day.

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    September 1, 2013 at 12:11 am

    MMM! That looks good. I may have to try that myself.

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      September 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Yes!! Try it. So good!

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    Stefany Mari
    September 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    that looks DELICIOUS. I think I know what I’m cooking tonight lol.

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      September 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Glad I could help!

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    Amanda Nicole
    September 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    That Ziti looks amazing. I made one the other day I wasn’t too impressed with but this one I’m sure to be trying soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      September 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

      No problem!

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    September 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’ve tried lots of new things from pinterest. My family’s favorite was probably the crockpot chicken tacos. My favorite was eggplant pizza.

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      September 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

      I’ve been meaning to try those crockpot tacos. I’m about to get real comfortable with my crockpot. I only really use mine in the colder months.

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    Mrs. Pancakes
    September 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    That looks delish! May have to try it!

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      September 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Try it!

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    K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    September 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Fresh cheese does make all the difference. I don’t get to cook with cheese often because usually it’s just me and the kids eating dinner and they’re allergic, but when I get to make something especially for the Mr and I to enjoy, I go that extra mile. Love baked ziti!

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