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When you don’t have time to make Lasagna…this is your best alternative. It’s got loads of cheese and this is just an crazy tasty dish to make. It’s also perfect for making on a boat. Simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of counter space to make.

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Baked Ziti

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 lbs Whole Milk Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Eggs (Lightly Beaten)
  • 1-1/2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 lbs Tubular Pasta
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 28oz Pasta Sauce
  • 1 14oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Basil Leaves
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1-1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk cottage cheese, eggs, and 1 cup Parmesan together in medium bowl; set aside. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and pasta; cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta begins to soften but is not yet cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain pasta and leave in colander (do not wash Dutch oven).
  • Meanwhile, heat oil and garlic in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until garlic is fragrant but not brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and oregano; simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in ½ cup basil and sugar, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir cornstarch into heavy cream in small bowl; transfer mixture to now-empty Dutch oven set over medium heat. Bring to simmer and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove pot from heat and add cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup tomato sauce, and ¾ cup mozzarella, then stir to combine. Add pasta and stir to coat thoroughly with sauce.
  • Transfer pasta mixture to 13- by 9-inch baking dish and spread remaining tomato sauce evenly over pasta. Sprinkle remaining ¾ cup mozzarella and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan over top. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and continue to cook until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes longer. Cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons basil and serve.


Note: Avoid pre-shredded cheese, it doesn't melt well.

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