This Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient That Makes It Extra Savory by Ann Marie Patitucci

This Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient That Makes It Extra Savory

There may be nothing more comforting than a steaming plateful of baked ziti. Yes, baked ziti is truly comfort food at its finest. Although this is not my Italian family’s baked ziti recipe, it is one of my favorite ziti recipes because it has a couple of unexpected ingredients. 

First of all, my hubby loves provolone cheese, so I came across a ziti casserole recipe with provolone and thought I’d give it a try. It was good, though a bit blander than we’re used to, so I modified it and am now happy to share this special baked ziti recipe with you! 

Using provolone instead of mozzarella makes this baked pasta recipe different. But, there's a secret ingredient in this Italian recipe that makes it extra savory: red wine! Yes, red wine makes this ziti recipe more flavorful than the typical ziti bake and I like that! 

Finally, I personally prefer baked ziti without meat, so if you’re looking for such a recipe – perfect for Meatless Mondays – here you go. Serve this extra-flavorful casserole on its own, with a salad or your favorite vegetable side dish. This is one easy dinner recipe your family will ask for again. Bon appetit!

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 65 minutes
Total Time: 85 minutes
Servings: 9


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Recipe Notes

  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta.
  • Feel free to add some crushed red pepper flakes if you'd like some heat.
  • If you don't want to use red wine in this recipe, you can substitute regular or reduced-sodium chicken broth.
  • You can use more or less garlic and Italian seasoning, depending on how much of each flavor you like.
  • Garnish with fresh basil, parsley or other herb, if desired.
  • Make ahead if you are meal planning and refrigerate for up to four days.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a 6-quart saucepot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender (about 3 to 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, water, wine or broth, sugar, basil and Italian seasoning. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper, to taste, if needed. Add red pepper flakes, if desired. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in uncooked ziti.
  3. Transfer to a 13x9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven, covered, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until ziti is tender and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 380

Total Fat: 8.5g

Saturated Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 17mg

Total Carbohydrate: 62.5g

Dietary Fiber: 14.3g

Total Sugars: 29.8g

Protein: 19.5g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 235mg

Iron: 8mg

Potassium: 89mg

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We loved baked ziti. 😍
Elisa Schmitz
Best. Ever. Comfort. Food. Absolutely love this recipe, Ann Marie Patitucci !
I'm a provolone cheese fan, too...

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