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Mozzarella cheese, basil, tomato sauce and noodles in my creamy baked ziti pasta dish

Creamy Baked Ziti

The best pasta dish for picky eaters as well as those who'll eat anything under the sun. Everyone loves this one-dish dinner!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 16 oz. ziti or penne noodles
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Baked ziti spaghetti sauce:
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped

Cream mixture:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Cheese mixture:

  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese diced into 1/4 cubes
  • Top of baked ziti casserole:
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese diced into 1/4 cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped