this gluten free ziti recipe is not only a delicious meal but easy to make too. it's perfect for a family dinner but also a meal prep friendly option for the week.
the worst thing is coming home after a long day and realizing you still have to make dinner. however, this isn't the worst thing if you know an easy dinner to make. or better yet, one that makes leftovers!
this is where my easy baked ziti recipe comes into play.
my recipe is simple version of a classic pasta dish. it is the perfect meal for when you're tired or in a time crunch.
the recipe uses simple ingredients, is easy to make and spends most of it's time in the oven so you can take care of other to-dos while dinner cooks.
another bonus to this recipe is that it makes a big tray. therefore, you can have leftovers throughout the week or make enough for the entire family to enjoy.
what kind of noodle is in ziti?
of course the main answer is the ziti shaped noodle. however, when making baked ziti, you want to use any short noodle also like penne or rigatoni.
you wouldn't want to use a spaghetti, linguine or similar pasta as that will change the end result.
how to make this gluten free ziti
- preheat the oven to 375 degrees F so that it is ready when you're done making the ziti.
- next, you will want to gather your ingredients, making sure you have enough of each and measuring everything out.
- assemble the baked ziti according to the layers in the recipe card below.
- once the ziti is assembled and ready to go in the oven you will bake the gluten free ziti for about 30 minutes depending on the strength of your oven.
- broil the ziti for 2-3 minutes to get the perfect golden top.
- it is important to let the ziti cool before serving. this will allow you to cut it easier in portions.
- store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days .
frequently asked questions
yes! this creates a smooth ricotta texture that binds the pasta together.
not for this recipe! the pasta isn't baking too long so it doesn't risk burning on top. you would do this so that the cheese and pasta on top don't overcook or get burnt.
if you need to reheat in the oven, you can add aluminum foil on top to cover the ziti.
nope! you can use any short form (ziti or penne) pasta that you like or prefer to use.
yes it is! you can make this recipe on a sunday and have it throughout the week. it makes a big batch (about 7-8 servings) and is plenty for you and your loved ones.
store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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easy gluten free ziti
- 28 oz pasta sauce
- 16 oz ziti / penne pasta
- 1 egg large
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 2 cups mozzarella shredded
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese shredded
- preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
- boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. make sure to only cook until al dente or just before as it will continue to bake in the oven
- drain and rinse the pasta when ready
- in a small bowl, mix the egg, ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese
- in a 9x13 glass pan, add a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom of the pan (about 1 to 1 ½ cups)
- add half of the ziti pasta on top and then spread the ricotta mixture in an even layer on top of the pasta
- on top of the pasta add half of the remaining pasta sauce in an even layer
- spread the remaining ziti on top, add the sauce and rest of mozzarella cheese on top
- bake for 25-30 minutes until slightly golden and bubbly
- turn the oven to broil and leave in for an additional 1-2 minutes if you'd like the cheese to get more golden on top
- let cool for 15 minutes before slicing and enjoy!