Meatless Mondays: Best Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti
Photo/Tim Rodenberg
It's true. I have a pasta addiction. And this Baked Ziti recipe from 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes, a previous winner of The Julia Child Cookbook Awards, keeps me and my fork going back to the plate. There's a reason baked ziti has been a kitchen favorite for so long. It's so darn delicious!

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Yield: Makes 10 cups; Serves 6 to 8

Baked Ziti

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups water
  • One 14½-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
  • One 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 13 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pound ziti
  • 3 medium roasted red bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 13 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (optional)

1. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions; cook, stirring until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the water, tomatoes (with liquid, tomato paste, parsley, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return to pot, but do not heat; stir in the tomato sauce, the roasted bell peppers, 1½ cups of mozzarella, Parmesan, and sun-dried tomatoes (if used).
4. Spoon into a 9-inch square baking dish. sprinkle remaining mozzarella over the top. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted.
5. Enjoy!