Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella

March 28, 2020

This Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella is a classic recipe for the entire family! Packed with bold, savory flavors, this recipe is the perfect vegetarian option that is made with creamy ricotta and topped with seasoned tomato sauce, and generous amounts of Mozzarella cheese. This is a sure crowd-pleaser and is finger-licking goodness on a plate.

Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella

I love past dishes, especially pasta bakes. Honestly, they are the perfect lazy meals for during week or on weekends.

This meatless baked ziti is truly something delicious.

With us being in the house fully these past days, I’ve been creating recipes that not only help to keep our Immune Systems boosted, but also our tase buds satisfied.

It’s totally different when you can’t find yourself getting your normal Starbucks run in the mornings or grab a bite to eat on a Friday or lazy day when you don’t feel like cooking.

So, these quick, easy meals come in real handy, especially on those days!

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5 REASONS WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS PASTA!

It’s absolutely delicious—-creamy + velvety!

Super easy to make and quick (plus, no crazy clean-up! Can we say–Everything in a skillet?)

Loaded with Cheesy flavors!

Full of flavor + well seasoned! (The best reason!)

Perfect for any time of day—Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast (if that’s your thing), whatever!

Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella

WHAT GOES INSIDE THIS BAKED ZITI EXACTLY?

Ok, so when it comes to making this baked ziti, I chose to keep ingredients miniminal for ease.

For starters, you need your dry ziti pasta, then to follow—-organic tomato sauce (a 15oz. can works), mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese (for extra flavor + cheesiness), ricotta cheese (I use part-skim) and your seasonings + herbs.

SERCRET TO A CREAMY FILLING?

The ricotta mixture. Simple!

In order to ensure that your filling for the pasta bake is smooth and creamy, you must ensure that your ricotta mixture is nice in velvety.

Since ricotta cheese usually comes out a bit thick, the trick to the ultimate creaminess is in mixing in a bit of the boiled pasta water. Yup. You’ve read right.

A few Tbsps of boiled pasta water loosens things up nicely and creates a nice smooth texture. So, once you fold in the parmesan and any other ingredients (i.e. kale or spinach), you’re good to go!

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Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella

OK, let’s dig right into this recipe—shall we?

Begin by cooking ziti pasta according to the directions of the packaging (about 8-10 minutes) and drain (leaving aside 2-3 Tbsps of pasta water for later).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, lightly grease a standard baking dish.

In the meantime, in a pot on medium-high heat, add oil (1 Tbsp) and add the tomato sauce. Add veggie stock and stir. Add in seasonings and herbs (including garlic cloves) and stir continue well combined.

Let sauce bubble for 2-3 minutes before removing from heat.

Meanwhile, add ricotta cheese and a few Tbsps (2-3 at most) of pasta water and stir using a spatula until smooth. Fold in parmesan cheese.

Add drained pasta and gently stir until everything is well incorporated.

Add a bit of the tomato sauce to the base of the baking dish and add pasta-ricotta mixture. Spread evenly. Sprinkle a nice layer of mozzarella cheese (1 cup) for extra cheesiness.

Top with remaining tomato sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Loosely cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil paper and bake for another 5 minutes or so, until cheese has fully melted and browned slightly.

Remove from oven and serve with your favorite salad or bread.

Bon Appetit!

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Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella
Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella

Meatless Baked Ziti with Ricotta + Mozzarella 

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) package ziti pasta, organic
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, organic (I use Organic Valley)
  • 3-4 cups ricotta cheese (I use Part Skim; You can use regular if preferred)
  • 2-3 Tbsps pasta water (See Instructions!)

Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can organic tomato sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsps veggie stock, organic (I use Pacific Foods)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of red papper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I use California Olive Ranch)

Instructions

  • Begin by cooking ziti pasta according to the directions of the packaging (about 8-10 minutes) and drain (leaving aside 2-3 Tbsps of pasta water for later).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, lightly grease a standard baking dish.
  • In the meantime, in a pot on medium-high heat, add oil (1 Tbsp) and add the tomato sauce. Add veggie stock and stir. Add in seasonings and herbs (including garlic cloves) and stir continue well combined.
  • Let sauce bubble for 2-3 minutes before removing from heat.
  • Meanwhile, add ricotta cheese and a few Tbsps (2-3 at most) of pasta water and stir using a spatula until smooth. Fold in parmesan cheese.
  • Add drained pasta and gently stir until everything is well incorporated.
  • Add a bit of the tomato sauce to the base of the baking dish and add pasta-ricotta mixture. Spread evenly. Sprinkle a nice layer of mozzarella cheese (1 cup) for extra cheesiness.
  • Top with remaining tomato sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  • Loosely cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil paper and bake for another 5 minutes or so, until cheese has fully melted and browned slightly.
  • Remove from oven and serve with your favorite salad or bread.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
 

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  1. This recipe is perfect to implement into our ‘meatless Monday” rotation. You hardly miss the meats at all- as all of the other flavors are so robust. So happy I came across this one!

  2. My pantry is stocked with plenty of pasta, so I can’t wait to make this ziti this week. Thanks for sharing!