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Kickin' Ziti Bake

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8 servings

This baked ziti dish gets its kick from a bit of cayenne—and its creamy, cheesy deliciousness from a blend of cheeses.

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  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic; cook 3 min., stirring frequently. Add flour; mix well. Cook 1 min. or until bubbly, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in broth. Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 min. or until thickened. Add cream cheese; stir until melted and mixture is blended. Remove from heat; add 1/4 cup Parmesan, pepper and reserved pasta water.
  • Combine cream cheese mixture and pasta in large bowl. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray. Top with remaining cheeses and green onions.
  • Bake 15 min. or until cheeses are melted and golden brown.

Special Equipment Needed

* Made with quality cheeses crafted in the USA.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with fresh fruit and a quick bagged salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.

Special Extra

Stir 1 cup sautéed mushrooms into mixture. Bake as directed.


Substitute smoked paprika for the ground red pepper.


  • 8 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings
Calories 380
Total fat 15g
Saturated fat 9g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 370mg
Carbohydrate 48g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 4 %DV
Calcium 15 %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.

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