Baked Ziti with Pesto Recipe

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Brayden Published: April 21, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Baked Ziti with Pesto

Pesto adds an earthy and herby bite to this savory tomato-sauced baked ziti! Whip up a delectable serving for dinner in just under an hour.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • ½lbziti
  • 2tbspcooking oil
  • 1onion
  • 2garlic cloves
  • 2cupstomatoes in thick puree,canned, crushed
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 1bay leaf
  • ½tspfresh ground black pepper
  • 1cupricotta cheese
  • cupsmozzarella cheese,grated
  • cupparmesan cheese,grated
  • ¼cuppesto


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil an 8-by-8-inch baking dish.

  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta for 7 minutes. It will be partially cooked.

  3. Drain. Rinse with cold water and drain again thoroughly.

  4. In a medium saucepan, heat 1½ tablespoons of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, salt, and bay leaf.

  5. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat and cook for about 10 minutes until very thick. Stir in ¼ teaspoon of the pepper. Remove the bay leaf.

  6. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, about half the Parmesan, the pesto, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of pepper.

  7. Put half of the cooked pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with about a third of the tomato sauce. Spread the ricotta mixture on the sauce in an even layer.

  8. Cover with the remaining pasta and then the remaining sauce. Top with the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan. Drizzle with the remaining ½ tablespoon of oil.

  9. Bake for about 30 minutes, until bubbling.

  10. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting.

  11. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 776.08kcal
  • Fat: 45.48g
  • Saturated Fat: 21.74g
  • Trans Fat: 0.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.66g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.36g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.62g
  • Fiber: 3.69g
  • Sugar: 5.97g
  • Protein: 37.42g
  • Cholesterol: 119.69mg
  • Sodium: 922.74mg
  • Calcium: 749.18mg
  • Potassium: 498.44mg
  • Iron: 1.99mg
  • Vitamin A: 298.23µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.06mg
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