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Fast & Easy Dinner: Baked Ziti with Italian Salad and Garlic Bread

Fast & Easy Dinner: Baked Ziti with Italian Salad and Garlic Bread

A classic Italian style feast for four doesn't require a whole day of cooking. In fact, you can make a delicious meal — a pasta dish complete with bread and salad — in 40 minutes. This baked ziti is a tasty alternative to lasagna, and doesn't require all the hassle of cooking meat and making a tomato sauce. Garlic bread bakes with the pasta and the simple crisp salad of endive and arugula comes together while they both bake. This is a wonderful way to get your weekend off to the a scrumptious start, so get the recipe and

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Baked Ziti with Italian Salad and Garlic Bread
From Everyday Food magazine

For Baked Ziti:
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 ounces ziti rigate (ridged) or other short pasta
1 cup part-skim ricotta
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1 jar (24 to 26 ounces) best-quality tomato sauce (about 3 1/2 cups)
For Garlic Bread
1/2 loaf Italian bread (5 ounces)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 garlic cloves, minced
For Italian Salad:
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 head Belgian endive, stem end trimmed, thinly sliced
2 bunches arugula (3 1/2 ounces total), thick stems removed

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions; drain and reserve.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine ricotta, egg, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and half the mozzarella; season with salt and pepper.
  3. In the bottom of a shallow 2-quart casserole dish, spread half the tomato sauce. Top with ziti, then ricotta mixture and remaining sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan and remaining mozzarella. Place casserole on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until top is browned and sauce is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare garlic bread: Make deep, even cuts into the bread, about 1/2 inch apart, without cutting through the bottom. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Brush garlic butter between cuts in bread. Wrap bread loosely in aluminum foil, and bake with ziti during last 10 minutes of baking.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add endive and arugula, and toss to coat. Serve baked ziti with salad and garlic bread.

Serves 4.

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FashionKid FashionKid 7 years
mmmmm
FashionKid FashionKid 7 years
mmmmm
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
chiefdishwasher :rotfl:That was my though!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
chiefdishwasher :rotfl: That was my though!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Yum!!!
opisnowpro opisnowpro 7 years
so yummy! I will try it
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 7 years
this looks great!
paine paine 7 years
gotta try it.
Lola34 Lola34 7 years
I've made this exact recipe several times and I love it. It's 4 generous servings (even with my boyfriend who likes big portions) and comes together really quickly.
Seka21 Seka21 7 years
Sounds good, personally i cant stand garlic bread.. but i think its a quicker dish to make than lasagne!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
I just made this for dinner. It's quite YUMMY!!! :feedme:
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
im starved, whos cooking this tonight??? Want company?? :D
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Perfect for meatless fridays for us cult people.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I make this all the time. My mother is Italian! I've been experimenting, and so far the part skim ricotta and Mozerrella do not harm the dish at all. The fat free stuff makes it WAY to watery. It's also great with steamed broccoli & califlour!
DreaAST DreaAST 7 years
I might have to try making this.
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 7 years
i love baked ziti!!! mmmmmm sounds good... now i want some
Babychloe Babychloe 7 years
Great recipe! I'm going to make this tonight.
fashunista fashunista 7 years
yummmy!.. best way to a man is thru his tummy.. my bf would love this!.. and i already love pasta lol im such a fatty!
briannaNicole briannaNicole 7 years
Excellent recipe!! Thanks YumSugar!!!!
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
YUM! I love making home made garlic bread!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
i love baked ziti..now this is comfort food..all that tomatoey, cheesy pasta goodness!
emalove emalove 7 years
Can't go wrong with baked ziti! Always a favorite.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 7 years
I love baked ziti...it's my go-to meal when I'm entertaining and I'm either in a hurry or feeling uncreative.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years
This looks great. I love baked ziti.
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