Creamy Baked Ziti

What You Need

  • 4  cups  ziti pasta, uncooked
  • Olive oil
  • 1  jar  (24 oz.) marinara sauce  (add a bigger jar since no tomatoes, maybe 32 oz.)
  • 1  can  (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 6  oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
  • ¾  cup  BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 1  pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
  • 1/3  cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove from pan; drain. Meanwhile, add marinara sauce, tomatoes and cream cheese to same pan; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Return pasta to pan; mix well.

LAYER half the pasta mixture in 13×9-inch baking dish; cover with layers of sour cream, 1 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Make Ahead:  This tasty pasta dish can be assembled ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 8 hours. When ready to serve, bake, uncovered, 30 to 35 min. or until heated through.

Size-Wise:  Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping portion size in mind.

Substitute:  Prepare using regular KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

Probably want to add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, garlic, maybe a touch of red pepper.

1 # meat, like Italian sausage, maybe hamburger, maybe both!  Check prices…


Alternate Directions (with meat):

Cook pasta in large sauce pan, leave a bit firm; drain, toss with a little olive oil so it doesn’t stick.

Add Tbsp olive oil to skillet at medium-high heat.  When hot, add meat, browning well.  If not using Italian sausage, add a little salt.  When almost done, add spices.  Drain grease.

Mix marinara sauce and cream cheese in large sauce pan.  Cook at medium heat until cheese is melted.  Add meat, heat until all warm, then add past back to pan and mix everything together well.

In 9×13 pan, add half past/meat/sauce mix, then sour cream, 1 C mozzarella, then remaining pasta/meat/sauce mix.  Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375F ~20 minutes or until heated through.

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