My Mom used to make a mean baked ziti; she’d make her own sauce, boil up the noodles, then stir together the full-fat mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan with a whole egg and some whole milk. She’d layer the sauce, cooked ziti noodles and cheese mix in a pyrex baking dish then pop it in the oven for 30-45 minutes. It was a hot, gooey, yummy meal that my sisters and I loved to eat.
Fast forward to today. I’m on Weight Watchers (WW) and have been staying pretty well on plan; last week, I lost 2-plus pounds even with our trip to Atlantic City. I want to continue to stay on plan, but I don’t want to miss eating baked ziti so I decided to try and thin Mom’s recipe down. I started by paring out as much fat as I could. These are the ingredients I used:
The ingredients go together quickly once the ziti is cooked/drained and the cheese mixture is stirred together:
I make a fast and easy marinara sauce using a recipe from Lidia Bastianich. Her Italian-American Kitchen cookbook includes so many recipes that I’ve made again and again! My good friend Carole introduced me to Lidia many years ago; the pages of my Lidia cookbooks are splattered and stained, a sure sign of great recipes on almost every page!