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No Boil Baked Ziti

No-Boil Baked Ziti: Effortless Elegance in Every Bite

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If you’re seeking a comforting and convenient dish that marries the flavors of a classic baked ziti with the ease of preparation, you’re in for a treat! Our No-Boil Baked Ziti recipe eliminates the need for pre-cooking pasta, streamlining the process without compromising on flavor. In this extensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps, provide essential cook’s notes, suggest variations to suit diverse tastes, and even offer keto and low-carb adaptations for those on specialized diets.

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz uncooked ziti pasta
  • 8 oz provolone cheese slices or shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

2. Brown the Ground Beef

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until fully cooked. Drain any excess fat.

3. Add Garlic and Oregano

Sprinkle garlic powder and dried oregano over the browned beef, stirring well to incorporate the flavors.

4. Combine Pasta, Provolone, and Sour Cream

In a large mixing bowl, combine the uncooked ziti pasta, provolone cheese (sliced or shredded), and sour cream. Mix until the pasta is evenly coated.

5. Assemble the Layers

Begin assembling the layers in the prepared baking dish. Start with half of the pasta mixture, followed by half of the ground beef mixture. Repeat the layers.

6. Pour Spaghetti Sauce and Chicken Broth

Pour the entire jar of spaghetti sauce evenly over the layered ziti. Next, pour the chicken broth over the layers, ensuring it’s distributed evenly.

7. Add Mozzarella and Parmesan

Sprinkle shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese over the top, creating a cheesy and golden crust when baked.

8. Cover and Bake

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

9. Allow to Rest

Allow the baked ziti to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. This helps the dish set, making it easier to slice and serve.

Cook’s Notes

  • Choosing Cheese: Feel free to experiment with different cheeses to suit your taste. Try a blend of mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan for a rich and varied flavor profile.
  • Chicken Broth Tip: Using chicken broth not only adds flavor but also aids in cooking the pasta to perfection. Ensure even distribution for consistent results.

Variations

Keto Version

For a keto-friendly adaptation, replace the ziti with cauliflower or shirataki noodles, and use keto-friendly alternatives for sour cream and spaghetti sauce.

Low-Carb Version

Reduce the carb content by opting for whole wheat or legume-based pasta and selecting a low-carb spaghetti sauce. Choose low-carb cheese options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use ground turkey instead of beef?

Certainly! Ground turkey is a fantastic lean alternative that works well with the flavors of this dish.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Absolutely. Assemble the dish and refrigerate overnight, then bake when ready. Add a few extra minutes to the baking time if starting from a chilled state.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Yes, this dish freezes well. Allow it to cool completely, portion into freezer-friendly containers, and freeze for up to three months.

Can I add vegetables?

Certainly! Consider adding sautéed spinach, bell peppers, or mushrooms to enhance the nutritional profile and add more flavors.

What if I don’t have provolone cheese?

Feel free to substitute with mozzarella or any other melting cheese you prefer.

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No-Boil Baked Ziti is a game-changer for those seeking a delicious, no-fuss dinner option. The marriage of flavors and the simplicity of preparation make it an ideal choice for busy weeknights or when entertaining guests. Customize it to your liking, whether following a keto or low-carb lifestyle, and savor the delight of this effortlessly elegant dish. Enjoy the convenience without compromising on taste – it’s a win-win for your taste buds and your schedule.

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