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Mom’s Baked Ziti

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baked ziti

On the heels of Mother’s Day, we thought it would be fun to share a recipe from my Mom. I use the term recipe liberally because, as Mom says, this is a recipe that is just thrown together. But as I always tell Mom whenever she says that to us, even her just thrown together meals are fantastic.

Mom’s Baked Ziti is pretty straight forward. In fact the hardest part of this recipe was figuring out what the measurements were for the ingredients because it changes every time, both when Mom makes it and when we do. You know how it goes, one of those recipes that you just eyeball.

baked ziti

Mom’s Baked Ziti was a classic dish growing up, and still is, here in our Northern NJ part Italian (100% mutt) household. Having moved out, and now with a family of my own, I still bake Mom’s Baked Ziti, just the way she does; throwing it all together, eyeballing it. It’s perfect for those week nights when it’s just too busy to spend much time cooking.

No matter how crazy it was Mom (and with 7 kids I’m sure it was quite crazy) Mom always had a home cooked meal on the table. I don’t know how she did it, but she did. Moms really are super heroes, aren’t they?

Happy Mother’s Day (again) Mom. This thrown together post is for you 🙂

baked ziti

Moms Baked Ziti


  • 1 box ziti (1 pound)
  • 15 ounces light ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded (plus some to top)
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan romano cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh or dried)
  • 1 table spoon Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Marina Sauce (jar or homemade)


  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, about two tablespoons grated parmesan romano cheese, egg, garlic powder, parsley, and Italian bread crumbs. (Add a little more or a little less of all or any- you can't go wrong)
  3. Once pasta is done, drain and transfer to a casserole dish. Spoon in and mix cheese mixture and marinara sauce (to your preference) with the pasta. Top with a little more marina sauce and more grated cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

baked ziti

Did your Mom have a throw it together dish? Let us know in the comments below!


6 thoughts

    • Chris
      May 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Definitely a kid friendly food 🙂

  • May 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    YUM! My Mom was a real recipe hugger but I’m the throw together mom…. Fritattas are my fav “throw together”

    • Chris
      May 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      OOooooh. Frittatas are certainly another GREAT throw together!

      P.S. Love the term “recipe hugger”!! Made me laugh!

    • Chris
      May 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

      You are too funny! Tomatoes are not your enemy!! Or are they?… HA

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