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Easy Meatless Baked Ziti

eatless baked ziti is made with 3 cheeses layered in one delicious pasta dish. The ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan melt together with the red sauce and ziti noodles for a satisfying vegetarian dinner that can easily be made gluten free. Baked in the oven in a quick 35 minutes, with only a few ingredients you likely already have in the pantry; you can’t go wrong!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Meatless
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 16 ounces Ziti noodles, cooked and drained
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, ½ cup parmesan, eggs, parsley, garlic, basil and salt until fully incorporated together
  3. Add the cooked and drained ziti noodles into the mixing bowl and gently toss to combine with the cheese mixture
  4. Pour half of the marinara into a 9×13 casserole dish and spread evenly over the bottom. Add the pasta and cheese mixture into the casserole dish, and spread evenly over the marinara on the bottom
  5. Layer the remaining sauce over the top of the noodles and use a spatula or back of a spoon to evenly spread over the pasta. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and ½ cup of parmesan cheese over top
  6. Cover with foil and place the casserole dish into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, and then remove the foil. Broil uncovered for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and slightly golden
  7. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes


For Gluten Free Baked Ziti:

Swap out the ziti noodles for gluten free pasta. Cook according to directions and make the recipe the same as instructed.