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One-Pan Baked Ziti Skillet

One-Pan Baked Ziti Skillet

One-Pan Baked Ziti Skillet - a super easy Italian dinner that is done all in one pan in under 20 minutes! Crushed tomatoes, garlic, ziti, ricotta, basil and Parmesan make this delish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta 3¾ cups
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup ) whole-milk ricotta
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 12-inch ovensafe nonstick skillet and saute over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, water, ziti and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 12-15 minutes. Make sure you don't cook it too much. It will continue to cook in the oven.

  5. While the pasta is cooking, combine ricotta, remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Set aside.

  6. Stir in cream, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and basil into the pasta and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. At this point if your skillet is not ovensafe, transfer the pasta mixture into a shallow 2-quart casserole dish before sprinkling with the ricotta and cheese and baking. If you're really against turning on the oven you could cover the skillet with a lid and melt the cheese that way but it won't get browned and toasty.
  8. Add dollops of the ricotta mixture with a spoon on top of the pasta and sprinkle mozzarella evenly over ziti.

  9. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 5-10 minutes. Let cool slightly and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of basil. Serve.