Wednesday Recipe – Easy Creamy Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes  Yield: 1 standard size aluminum foil pan Serving Size: 8-10

Originally Found on Alicia’s Pepperpot

Easy Creamy Baked Ziti - Alica's Pepperpot


  • 1lb ziti pasta + 2 tsp oil + 1 tsp salt for water
  • 1 15oz container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 48 ounces jarred pasta sauce (2 jars)
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese, chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Boil pasta according to directions on package. Add salt and oil to boiling water. Drain well.
  2. Add pasta back to pot, add in ricotta cheese and coat completely. Set aside.
  3. Prep sauce. Pour sauce into small pot. Chop herbs, garlic, and onion. Add salt to sauce. Stir in dry spices. Simmer on low heat for 12-15 minutes to cook onion and garlic.
  4. Add in cream cheese cubes. Stir until it melts into sauce.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta. Coat completely. Stir in a few handfuls mozzarella cheese.
  6. Pour pasta into foil pan or casserole dish. Top with remaining mozzarella.
  7. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until cheese has browned.


If you’d like it less creamy, use 1/2 block cream cheese or substitute plain Greek yogurt. If spiciness is a concern, omit crushed peppers and cayenne pepper.

Author: Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse


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