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Baked Ziti Sorrentino in a casserole dish

Baked Ziti Sorrentino

Baked Ziti Sorrentino is a comforting, meatless meal quick enough for a weeknight, but so satisfying you'll think you've entered an episode of the Sopranos.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 ounces ziti or or any tubular pasta (3 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (can substitute half and half or milk)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees F.
  • Combine oil, garlic, pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 12-inch ovensafe nonstick skillet and saute over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, water, ziti, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Stir in cream, Parmesan, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You may transfer to a 9x13-inch glass pan at this point or leave the pasta in the skillet. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over pasta. Transfer pan or skillet to oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10 minutes. Serve.


Source: Adapted from The Best 30 Minute Recipe cookbook
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword Italian, main dish, Pasta, vegetarian