How To Serve Ziti Recipe Not Baked Quick

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Ziti, a tube-shaped pasta with ridges, is a versatile ingredient that takes well to a variety of sauces. One of the most popular preparations is ziti in creamy tomato sauce, a dish that’s both hearty and satisfying. This recipe offers a simple yet flavorful take on this classic comfort food.


Meatless Baked Ziti Vegetarian Friendly!  Life Made Simple
Meatless Baked Ziti Vegetarian Friendly! Life Made Simple

1 pound dried ziti pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ziti and cook according to package instructions for al dente pasta. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water.

    2. Sauté the vegetables: Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

    3. Build the sauce: Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the pot with the sautéed vegetables. Stir in the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes (if using). Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld.

    4. Combine everything: Add the cooked ziti to the sauce and toss gently to coat the pasta evenly. If the sauce seems too thick, gradually add some of the reserved pasta water to achieve a desired consistency.

    5. Serve and enjoy: Transfer the ziti in creamy tomato sauce to serving bowls. Garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley (optional). Enjoy hot!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: approximately 600 (depending on specific ingredients used)

  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the sodium content of the canned tomatoes)
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 20g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional breakdown and may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients used.


    Ziti in creamy tomato sauce is a crowd-pleasing dish that’s perfect for a weeknight meal or a casual gathering. The combination of tender pasta, rich tomato sauce, and creamy cheese creates a truly comforting and satisfying experience. With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can create this classic Italian dish in the comfort of your own home.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute another type of pasta for ziti?

    Absolutely! While ziti’s shape works well with this sauce, you can use other tube-shaped pastas like penne, rigatoni, or even elbow macaroni.

    2. Can I make this dish vegetarian?

    Yes, you can easily make this recipe vegetarian by omitting the Parmesan cheese. You can also substitute with a vegetarian Parmesan alternative.

    3. How can I make this dish ahead of time?

    You can prepare the sauce up to a day in advance. Simply store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat the sauce gently and toss with the cooked pasta.

    4. What can I serve with ziti in creamy tomato sauce?

    This dish pairs well with a variety of side dishes. Consider a simple green salad, roasted vegetables, or crusty bread.

    5. What are some tips for storing leftover ziti?

    Store leftover ziti in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.