Stuffed Ziti Fritta Recipe

Stuffed Ziti Fritta Recipe


Forget the bread sticks and try this stuffed zita fritta next time. A creamy cheese mixture serves as the filling to golden-fried rigatoni pasta.

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 50 mins


For Pasta:

  • ½ lb rigatoni pasta, (or ziti pasta)
  • water
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil

For Filling (5 cheeses):

  • ¼ cup ricotta
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, (grated, plus more for serving)
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese, shredded

For Frying:

  • 2 eggs, large, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • oil, for frying

Optional for Serving:

  • marinara sauce
  • alfredo sauce
  • parsley, chopped



  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  2. Add pasta and cook until al dente (2 minutes less than the recommended time from the package).
  3. Drain the pasta and add olive oil. Stir to coat. Set aside to cool.

Filling & Stuffing:

  1. While pasta is cooking, you can make the filling. In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese, mozzarella, cream cheese, parmesan, and Romano cheese. Stir until combined.

  2. Spoon the cheese mixture into a zip-top bag. Seal the bag and cut the corner.

  3. Pipe the cheese mixture into one side of the rigatoni. Flip and pipe the other side to fill.
  4. Place the filled rigatoni pasta on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Stuffed Pasta:

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot until it reaches 350 degrees F.

  2. Place eggs, flour, and bread crumbs into 3 separate bowls.
  3. Place a stuffed rigatoni into the flour to coat, then shake off excess flour. Dip it in the beaten egg with a fork. Then roll the rigatoni in bread crumbs to coat. Repeat with the rest of the rigatoni.

  4. Carefully lower 5 to 6 pieces of breaded rigatoni into the hot oil using a slotted spoon. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the cheeses just start to ooze out.

  5. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the rest of the rigatoni.
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan and optional chopped parsley. Serve with marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce.


  • Sugar: 3g
  • :
  • Calcium: 200mg
  • Calories: 427kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Potassium: 197mg
  • Protein: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 340mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 333IU
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