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Easy Creamy Baked Ziti Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 531kcal
Creamy Baked Ziti is a simple and delicious baked pasta dish that never fails to please. This easy baked ziti recipe is extra creamy and cheesy! Everything bakes together into something so tasty...the comfort food recipe ever!
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  • 1 pound uncooked ziti
  • 1 32 ounce jar Marinara sauce
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


  • Heat oven to 375°F and spray an 11x9-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large saucepan, cook the pasta according to package (al dente/no salt) directions, drain.
  • In the same large saucepan set over medium heat, cook the marinara sauce and cream cheese together until the cheese melts. Stir often.
  • Add the pasta to the marinara/cheese sauce and mix well.
  • Pour half the marinara/cheese/ziti sauce in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan cheeses.
  • Sprinkle the cheeses with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil.
  • Layer the remaining marinara/cheese/ziti sauce over the cheese and top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the baked ziti is bubbly and cheese is golden.
  • Garnish with the remaining chopped basil and serve with toasted baguette.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1139mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1350IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 411mg | Iron: 2.3mg