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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!