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Creamy Baked Ziti

Prep Time
25
min.
Total Time
45
min.
Servings

8 servings

Creamy is the key word here, as sour cream and cream cheese take a tomato, marinara and ziti casserole to a whole new level of pasta deliciousness.

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Make It

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  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove pasta from pan; drain.
  • Add pasta sauce, tomatoes and cream cheese to same pan; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is blended, stirring frequently. Return pasta to pan; mix well.
  • Layer half the pasta mixture in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of sour cream, 1 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella; sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Special Equipment Needed

Substitute

Prepare using regular KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with smart sides, such as a hot steamed fresh vegetable, and a crisp mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.

Size Wise

Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping portion size in mind.

Make Ahead

This tasty pasta dish can be assembled ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 8 hours. When ready to serve, bake, uncovered, in 375ºF oven 30 to 35 min. or until heated through.

Substitute

If ziti is unavailable, prepare using another type of tubular pasta, such as penne, mostaccioli or rigatoni.

Servings

  • 8 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 450
Total fat 22g
Saturated fat 11g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 760mg
Carbohydrate 48g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugars 12g
Protein 17g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 20 %DV
Vitamin C 8 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from My family and I liked this recipe. My family and I liked this recipe. I made it according to the recipe, except I added a pound of sausage (crumbled) into the pasta and sauce mixture. I also used petite diced tomatoes instead of regular diced tomatoes as my family sometimes tends to be a little picky about big tomato chunks. I am considering substituting ricotta cheese for the cream cheese the next time I make it. My husband commented that he wished the cheese had a little sharper taste- next time I'll probably use an Italian blend of shredded cheese instead of just mozzarella.
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My family and I agreed, this recipe was very good, but not fabulous like some of the other Kraft... My family and I agreed, this recipe was very good, but not fabulous like some of the other Kraft vegetarian recipes we've tried. It was a lovely, quick weeknight meal. Next time I might use a bit less sour cream, or even omit it all together. Sour cream didnt seem necessary to this receipe and adds fat. Like some of the others, I didnt use diced tomatoes but did use chunky sauce, and it was great. This recipe is definitely a YES for an easy, comfort food type of meal.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was really good. This was really good. I added hot Italian sausage, and since I had a 32-oz. jar of pasta sauce (thank you Costco) decided to round up with some of the other ingredients. I used a 16-oz. box of ziti, 1 cup of sour cream, and 8 ounces of cream cheese. I don't like recipes that call for partial containers, because the rest never seems to get used. Using a little bit more didn't seem to affect the dish, and I have plenty of leftovers. Will make again for sure.
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy recipe to make and definitely pleases all. Super easy recipe to make and definitely pleases all. Perfect for a baby shower, new neighbor, get well, etc meal. I used just a touch more pasta than called for since I didn't want like half a cup of uncooked pasta left over. Used the whole 13.25 oz box and it was great. Also lessened the cream cheese to half a block as the first time i made it I used the whole block and it was way too rich.
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My husband said this is one of the best dishes ever. My husband said this is one of the best dishes ever. I added 1# lean ground beef 1/4 tsp. fresh black pepper, 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning and a pinch of red pepper flakes. MAN WAS IT GOOD AND THE LEFTOVERS EVEN BETTER. Added a salad and crispy sourdough bread. Husband already asking when am I making it again :)Thinking of trying spinach in place of beef next time, just to change it up
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I gave this recipe 5 stars because it was delicious and very easy to make. I gave this recipe 5 stars because it was delicious and very easy to make. It is the perfect dinner for the weeknight because you can prepare it quickly. I added cooked Italian turkey sausage to the pasta mixture. I also added about 1/4 of a jar more sauce then the recipe called for because the pasta mix looked a bit dry to me. I am glad I added the extra sauce, it was perfect.
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stuff! Good stuff! I added hamburger that had been browned with an onion for a complete meal dish. I was in a rush and mistakenly mixed in the sour cream with the marinara sauce mixture rather than layering and it turned out fine - albeit orange. Next time I think I'll try to layer the sour cream as directed add a veggie like chopped spinach, zucchini or eggplant.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was delicious (my husband said it was "outstanding"! This was delicious (my husband said it was "outstanding"!) Just a couple of additions: 1 package of fried Italian sausage (SO good with this!) and I doctored up the jar of marinara I used. Same way I'd make my own. I also added a bit more cheese than it called for. This made a ton and I even had plenty for leftovers as well as some to freeze.
Date published: 2010-11-04
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