Saturday, January 1, 2011

Creamy Baked Ziti

So I made this for my family a week ago. Jason & Conner loved it of course. My picky eater Jakob would only eat the breadsticks.. if it is not chicken nuggets or pizza Jakob won't eat it lol! Anyways it really was amazing and we loved it. Try it out for your family.Also forgive the crappy picture below. It gets dark really early here in Belgium and the lighting in the house is crappy =(

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*I added and substituted some. I will add that at the bottom*


4 cups ziti pasta, uncooked

1 jar (26 oz.) marinara sauce

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed

3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream

1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/3 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese


HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove from pan; drain. Meanwhile, add marinara sauce, tomatoes and cream cheese to same pan; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Return pasta to pan; mix well.

LAYER half the pasta mixture in 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with layers of sour cream, 1 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

My Substitutions

I used a whole box of ziti. I used the Mueller's kind and its a little square box and it 4 cups is almost all of the box anyways so I dumped it all in.

I added ground beef to my recipe. Just a pound is what I used. I also used the lowest fat one 93 percent I believe.

I used 2 cans of Bertolli's marinara sauce. 1 Jar did not look like enough so I used another jar and it was perfect for what I needed! If not using meat than maybe 1 & a half jars.

I also omitted the tomatoes. I am not a fan.

I also used a pound of mozzarella cheese! You can never have too much cheese...

Also this recipe goes great with some home made breadsticks and a green salad!!! As seen below in my picture =) I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine did minus one picky son.

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1 comment:

  1. Having this tonight! It wa soo fun to make! I added a mixture of hamburger and sausage to mine. Can't wait to try it. Today is my hubby's this is his b-day dinner.