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5 from 2 votes

Meatless Baked Ziti

Meatless Baked Ziti is an Italian inspired dinner recipe that will please the whole family! Easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner and delicious enough to serve for company on the weekend! This version has no meat and uses jarred marinara sauce to help save you time in the kitchen!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Global, Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 611kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces ziti or other short pasta noodle
  • 24 ounces jarred marinara sauce any brand, or homemade
  • 14 ounces petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream regular or low fat, ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375º F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions in heavily salted water.
  • White pasta cooks, combine marinara sauce, undrained canned diced tomatoes, softened cream cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a very large bowl. Stir until well combined. To soften cream cheese, cook unwrapped block in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds.
  • When pasta is cooked, drain then add it to the bowl with marinara sauce. Stir gently until pasta is well coated.
  • Pour half the pasta mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth the top. Spread the sour cream (or ricotta or cottage cheese) over the pasta. Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  • Layer the remaining pasta mixture in the pan then sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese over the top.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is completely melted.

Notes

To make ahead: prepare recipe then cover with foil and store in refrigerator until ready to bake. Add about 30 minutes to baking time.
Bake with foil if you don’t want any browning.
Store leftovers covered, in refrigerator, for up to 4 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Never thaw at room temperature.
Nutritional information is an estimate.
Recipe adapted from Together as Family.

Nutrition

Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1057mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1524IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 4mg