This is an amazingly creamy, cheesy, full-flavored baked ziti that’s easy enough for any weeknight. The entire family, both kids and grown-ups, will devour every single bite. Great meal for bringing to others, too.
I’ve never been motivated to make baked ziti, since it seemed like just another uneventful pasta. I already have this awesome sauce that’s totally fail proof and always a big hit. It turns any plain old pasta into a stellar meal.
But then I saw this in Christine Ha’s cookbook…
And I had to make it.
I’ve made Christine’s recipes before, always with solid results. She has an outstanding set of taste buds that have been honed through her years as a chef who learned to cook without her eyesight.
I figured in anyone could make a plain ol’ baked ziti taste amazing, it would be her.
This cheesy creamy baked ziti is amazing indeed.
Chewy, toothsome ziti is smothered with a creamy tomato sauce that has the perfect balance of flavors.
I used plain Greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream, which healthifies the dish without sacrificing one ounce of creamy goodness.
We used our favorite all natural sausage and plenty of fresh basil. Fresh spinach for good measure.
Abundant garlic. Of course.
That combination simply can’t be wrong.
Oh, yeah. Cheese. Bring it on.
Lots of ooey gooey fresh mozzarella and parmesan on top is a must.
Here’s to making simple recipes taste extraordinary.
Good food that’s easy enough for Monday night yet delicious enough for sharing with friends on the weekend.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Recipes from My Home Kitchen cookbook.
Here are a few of our favorite Weeknight Pasta Dishes that taste Amazing!
- Easy Cheesy Baked Ravioli is a sure hit, every single time.
- This Sausage and Veggies Sauce is simply awesome over all of your favorite pastas. It transforms the ordinary into extraordinary!
- This Creamy Tomato and Sausage pasta is so easy for any Monday night, but good enough to serve your friends on the weekend!
- This is the best Pasta Bolognese we’ve ever tasted. Serious yummy-ness here.