Baked Ziti is a great dish that you can make ahead of time and freeze. When you are ready to eat it all you have to do is pull out of the freezer and right into the stove it goes. So I don't bake it before freezing. I prepare, cover and then freeze it! Then I bake when ready to eat. So for those busy nights your dinner will be a breeze. A great money saving tip is that you can freeze cottage cheese and use it in this recipe too! I like to serve this with a garden salad and Homemade Garlic Bread.
Tip for best success - do not cook your Pasta until al dente. It is best to leave under cooked so that it doesn't get mushy from freezing and to be sure to cover with mix and sauce for best results. If you leave any of the pasta uncovered it will dry out and won't taste as good. You can also prep this as a dinner and cook without freezing if you desire. This is a great recipe when preparing for a new mother or when someone has passed. It is also nice to prep this and freeze for someone who is having surgery or is expecting a baby.
To learn more about Freezer Cooking check out our How to freezer cook series - Part 1 - Sample Menu and Getting Started. This is a great recipe to use in the winter when you are not concerned about heating up your house. We love to use this one in the fall and winter. It is simple to prepare and is a true family favorite at our house! This is perfect on game night or when my son is wanting some carbs. I have prepared it with gluten free pasta HOWEVER I baked it immediately versus freezing. I hope you enjoy this one as much as my family does.s You can also add other meats like sausage, ground beef and bacon!
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 5 Points Per Serving (6 servings)
- 1 box Ziti pasta or any shape pasta (12 oz)
- 1 jar pasta sauce (24 oz)
- 2 cups mozzarella shredded cheese
- 1 16 oz container cottage cheese
- 2 large eggs
- Boil pasta as directed on box.
- Mix cheeses and eggs in a bowl.
- Combine pasta, cheese mix & sauce.
- Pour into 13X9 pan.
- Wrap with foil and freeze.
- To Reheat - Set oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake for 60 minutes with foil on.
- Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes to brown cheese.
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