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easy creamy baked ziti recipe



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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total: 65 minutes

Servings: 8

Cost: $2.25 /serving


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Step 1

Heat oven to 375°F and spray an 11x9-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, cook the pasta according to package (al dente/no salt) directions, drain.

Step 3

In the same large saucepan set over medium heat, cook the marinara sauce and cream cheese together until the cheese melts. Stir often.

Step 4

Add the pasta to the marinara/cheese sauce and mix well.

Step 5

Pour half the marinara/cheese/ziti sauce in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with half the mozzarella and half the Parmesan cheeses.

Step 6

Sprinkle the cheeses with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil.

Step 7

Layer the remaining marinara/cheese/ziti sauce over the cheese and top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

Step 8

Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes.

Step 9

Remove the cover and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the baked ziti is bubbly and cheese is golden.

Step 10

Garnish with the remaining chopped basil and serve with toasted baguette.

Step 11


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