Baked Ziti for 2
About this Recipe
Every time I think of baked ziti, I think of The Sopranos. And coming from an Italian family, having a good baked ziti recipe is a MUST! One of the reasons I think this recipe stands out from many other ziti recipes is an herby, well-seasoned ricotta filling. The ricotta needs it! I mean, it doesn’t really taste like much and adding it without flavor will make any dish bland. The ricotta filling in this recipe I also use for my lasagna or any other dish that calls for it.
- 2 Mini Pie Dishes
- 6 oz Ziti, uncooked
- 10 oz Tomato Sauce ( Your favorite pasta sauce)
- 2 thick slices of Provolone
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
- 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
- 2 1/2 Cups Ricotta Cheese
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, about 6 chopped leaves
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, finely shredded
- 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
Step by Step Instructions
Fill a small sauce pan with salted water and bring to a boil. Add ziti to the water and stir. Bring the water back up to a light boil, stirring frequently to keep the pasta from sticking. “Under” cook pasta to less than al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain pasta and lay noodles out flat on a sheet tray in a single layer and let cool.
In a small bowl combine all the everything for the ricotta filing and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (There are step by step pictures above in my blog that show how to layer the ziti.) In the two mini pie pans, spoon in enough sauce to cover the bottom in a light layer. It is easiest to do both zitis at the same time. Second, add a single layer of ziti noodles. Third, spread a layer of your ricotta filling over the ziti, covering every noodle. Next, add another layer of sauce and then on top of the sauce, add a second layer of ziti. On top of the ziti, add a slice of provolone cheese. After, spread another layer of ricotta filling over the provolone. Then, add a final layer of sauce over the ricotta. Finish everything off by sprinkling the mozzarella and parmesan cheese over both mini zitis.
ake both mini zitis in the oven until the top is a crispy, golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and garnish with a basil leaf.