Baked Pasta with Ricotta Cheese

Kind of like lasagna, but only in that it is a cheesy baked pasta dish topped with mozzarella cheese & a sprinkle of parmesan…..vegetarian & delicious!

The recipe is from Baked Ziti with Crunchy Italian Salad & Garlic Bread. I didn’t use ziti, but used small shells. I did make a salad, not the one from the recipe,  to eat with this pasta dish & garlic bread …whicH I used the technique from this recipe but I did not add as much garlic.

The baked pasta is layered over some store-bought spaghetti sauce, then topped with a mixture of ricotta cheese, eggs, mozzarella & parmesan cheese. Then more spaghetti sauce on top of the ricotta cheese mixture, sprinkled with mozzarella & parmesan cheese…baked utill bubbly & the cheese is brown & crispy! So good!!! I doubled the recipe…so we have been enjoying the left-overs for a few days & it is just as good as right out of the oven.

Here is the recipe  * the only changes I made to the original recipe is that I used spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce

Ingredients  for double the recipe  went in 9 x 13 pan

4 cups of uncooked short pasta…I used small shells *** 16 oz or 453 g … iI used 1/2 of a 900 g bag of pasta

2 cups ricotta cheese

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided….1 cup & 1/2 cup

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided… 1 cup & 1 cup

salt & pepper

2 jars of tomato sauce, about 6 cups…   *** I used spaghetti sauce


Preheat oven to 450f  Have a 9 x 13 baking dish ready to use

  1. Cook the pasta according to directions on the package. Once cooked, drain & set aside
  2. Combine the ricotta cheese, eggs, 1 cup parmesan cheese & 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Season with salt & pepper
  3. Spread 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your baking dish
  4. Put the cooked pasta on top of the spaghetti sauce
  5. Put the ricotta mixture on top of the pasta…I just spooned it on then spread it over top of the pasta…gently!
  6. Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta/cheese
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozerrela cheese over the sauce
  8. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese over the moxerrala
  9. Bake until hot & bubbling…I like my cheese nice & brown….approx 20 – 30 minutes, but keep your eye on it …check after 20 minutes because the oven is HOT! I baked mine longer then the recipe called for… so much depends on your oven with this & how you like your cheese, but it needs to be bubbly




Mix the ricotta cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese, mozerrala & salt & pepper together
1/2 the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish
Top with cooked pasta then the ricotta cheese mixture
Put the remaining spaghetti sauce over the cheese mixture
Top with the remaining mozerella cheese & parmesean cheese
Done!  I could not get a picture of this right out of the oven!! Everyone dug in!!



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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