Dump-and-Bake 3-Cheese Baked Ziti



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Author The Seasoned Mom

Yield 8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large baking dish (about 9 x 13-inches) with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together uncooked ziti, marinara sauce, and water. Ladle half of the ziti mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  4. Pour cottage cheese mixture over the pasta in an even layer.
  5. Top with remaining pasta and sauce mixture.
  6. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Uncover and stir gently. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
  8. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top and bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender).


Cooking Just for Two? You can cut all of the ingredients in half and prepare one smaller casserole. Just bake in an 8-inch square pan. The cooking instructions remain the same.

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Italian

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/8 of the recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 370

% Daily Value

Total Fat 12 g


Saturated Fat 4.3 g


Cholesterol 43 mg


Sodium 710 mg


Total Carbohydrates 49 g


Dietary Fiber 6.6 g


Sugars 5.4 g

Protein 22.4 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.