A perfect Sunday night dinner! This easy baked ziti is super easy to make and feeds a large family!
Sunday evenings are our favorite times for cooking a meal that we enjoy preparing and sharing around the dinner table. We begin our Sundays super ambitious with lots on the to-do lists. However, things do not always go as planned. A majority of the time we start working on projects that weren’t on the to-do list or run errands that need to be done right now.
We get tired!
So, sometimes a casserole is perfect for those evenings where you want a homemade dinner but do not want to prep a lot or do lots of dishes. Yesterday, this was ours!
I know the recipe is called baked ziti, but we really use cavatappi pasta. The first time we made it, the cavatappi was an accident. We thought we had ziti on hand. We mistakenly had cavatappi and we thought why not give it a try?
And we haven’t gone back, since. The cavatappi makes for fun shapes and holds up extremely well in this dish. Sure you could use ziti, but why not add a little fun?
When you combine the cheese and the pasta, mix them together just enough that you do not damage the pasta. I cook the pasta al dente so it’s still firm and sturdy enough for the pasta. I’m usually in a hurry and am heavy handed in mixing it all together. Thankfully the cavatappi forgives me by not breaking apart.
Before you start building the layers, make sure to lightly grease the bottom of the pan. I strongly detest scrubbing casserole dishes. Seriously, it’s a pet peeve. A lightly greased pan gives zero scrubbing headache. The layers start to build up and look pretty!
An hour later and we are ready. In the last few minutes, I turn on the broiler to give the cheese a nice bubbly appearance.
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