Baked ziti

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Baked ziti
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Baked ziti with tomato sauce and cheese
Alternative namesBaked pasta
Place of originItaly
Region or stateNorthern
Main ingredientsZiti pasta, sauce (tomatoes, cheese)

Baked ziti is a casserole dish made with ziti pasta and sauce characteristic of Italian-American cuisine. It is a form of pasta al forno.

In many recipes, the ziti are first cooked separately while a tomato and cheese sauce is prepared, which may include meat, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and more. The cooked and drained ziti are then combined with the cooked sauce, which may be layered with additional varieties of cheeses, baked in the oven, and served hot.

Baked ziti has been characterized as a dish that "has remained a standby for generations" in Italian-American homes and restaurants.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Oseland, James (2011-04-20). Saveur: The New Comfort Food - Home Cooking from Around the World. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0811878012.
  2. ^ Lidia Matticchio Bastianich; Tanya Bastianich Manuali (2011-10-25). Lidia's Italy in America. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0307595676.