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Baked Ziti
with lemon garlic broccoli

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min

Baked ziti is a weeknight-friendly alternative to lasagna. No fussy lasagna noodles but all the warm, cheesy goodness. A bit of prep and these vegetarian layers of sauce, pasta and cheese come together in a flash.
Smarts: This makes a great freezer meal, so double the recipe and freeze it in a sealed casserole dish.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Marinara Sauce:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, crushed or minced
  • Shallots (small) - 1 bulb, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Crushed tomatoes (28 oz / 794 g can) - 1 can
  • Sugar, brown - 1/2 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Baked Ziti:
  • Pasta, ziti (sub penne) - 8 oz
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt; it’s okay to skip this unless you already have it on hand) - 1/4 cup, grated
  • Cheese, fresh mozzarella (or mozzarella "pearls") - 8 oz, cubed
  • Cheese, light ricotta - 1 1/2 cup
  • Marinara (ingredients listed separately) - ~4 cups
Lemon Garlic Broccoli:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Broccoli, florets - 8 oz, chopped
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Garlic (for both the marinara and broccoli) / Shallots - Prep as directed and combine garlic and shallots for the marinara. Store garlic for the broccoli in a separate container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cook pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, turn oven on before continuing with prep.) Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Broccoli / Parmesan / Mozzarella - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 350F (177C) degrees.
  2. While oven heats place a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic (the portion for the marinara) and shallots to heated oil. Saute for ~2 minutes and then add crushed tomatoes with brown sugar, salt and black pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for ~4 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  3. Brush a 8” / 20cm square baker (this is for 4 servings; use a loaf pan if making 2 servings; use a 15” / 38cm rectangular baker if making 8 servings; or use individual ramekins for any number of servings) with some cooking oil.
  4. Add half the pasta to baking dish with a spoonful of marinara and toss to combine. Top pasta with half the remaining marinara, then half the ricotta and half the mozzarella. Add remaining pasta, marinara, ricotta and mozzarella. Top with parmesan cheese, if using. Transfer to the oven.
  5. Bake until mozzarella is melted and top is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. While pasta bakes, heat a wok or saute pan over medium heat. Add broccoli, garlic (portion for the broccoli) and water to heated pan and cover tightly with a lid or foil. Steam broccoli until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. (Alternatively, steam broccoli and garlic in microwave-safe pan covered with a damp paper towel, 2 ½ to 3 minutes on high.)
  7. Season broccoli with lemon juice and some salt and pepper.
  8. When pasta is finished cooking, serve it with broccoli on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (128)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (11)
Vegetarian (9)

52 reviews

The sauce wasn't very flavorful. We added some spices to add flavor. I would recommend mixing in the cheese more before cooking, as they tended to get clumped.

By: Josh
Posted: Sep 23, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added fresh basil to the sauce. My fresh mozarella pearls didn't melt - the ones on top just browned. I actually like the textural contrast with the ricotta. Very tasty. Went with broccoli boiled in the pasta water just for convenience and it worked well.

By: Sarah
Posted: Sep 23, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Would roast the broccoli next time

By: Amanda
Posted: Sep 23, 2016
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Also skipped the sugar in the sauce, hit it with a little red wine vinegar instead and used a whole onion. The ricotta and mozzarella cheese on their own aren't particularly flavorful, so I'd make sure to have Parmesan next time. Pretty easy, and tasty! Didn't miss meat in the slightest.

By: Nicole
Posted: Sep 22, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

one of the first cook smarts my husband will actually eat!!

By: Katie
Posted: Sep 22, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Definitely a good easy dish!

By: Alexandra
Posted: Sep 22, 2016
Diet: Original
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