June 12, 2012

Ridiculously Easy Baked Ziti

I'm also coming off of a great weekend - one that I will never, ever forget.  You see, I celebrated my 30th birthday with a surprise party this weekend, and my cousins flew in from out of town.  It was amazing.  I really was not looking forward to this birthday (you can confirm this with Ann - she has had to treat several panic attacks. It's great having a nurse next door....).

However, I was forced into celebration mode when I walked into my mom's house to a resounding, "SURPRISE!"

That's always fun.

While the first words out of my mouth were curse words, I eventually decided to embrace the birthday, let loose, and celebrate!  After lots of margaritas, dancing, and laughing, I am totally looking forward to this new decade.  Bring it on 30s!!

So anyway, summer is here and lately I have absolutely lost my motivation to cook.  I'm craving light meals, lots of fruit, and wine.  Typical summer cravings.

While this recipe isn't super light, it's great for the summer because it takes about 5 seconds to prep and 30 to bake.  I have told so many people about this recipe, but I noticed the other day that I have never posted it!  For shame!  This recipe is such a no-brainer, I have a hard time calling it a recipe.  There are literally three ingredients, and three instructions.  In fact, it would be really great recipe to make with a novice cook, a child, or a monkey.

You probably have all of the ingredients on-hand, so it's a great recipe when you're out of time, or out of ideas.  To make a meal out of it, pair it with veggies, a huge salad, whole grain bread, and wine.

Lots of wine.

Love & Kale,

Ridiculously Easy Baked Ziti
Serves: 4-5

Print here.


  • 1 lb whole grain pasta (I used a gluten-free corn/rice pasta)
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (oil-free and sugar-free preferably!)
  • Couple handfuls of Daiya mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Combine the dry pasta and jar of sauce in a casserole dish.  Fill the pasta jar up with water, and add that in too.  Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven, remove foil, and stir.  Top with just a couple handfuls of Daiya cheese.  Put back in oven for another 10 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
  3. ENJOY!


Put dry pasta in dish

Add jar of sauce, and jar of water

Cover tightly with foil

Top with a little cheese

Top with dried parsley, if you're feelin' fancy!



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