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Baked Ziti with Cheese

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Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Ziti
  • 2 cups Barilla® Marinara sauce
  • 2 ⅔ tablespoons kosher salt, divided
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pound Buffalo Mozzarella cheese, cut Into 1/4-inch cubes
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs


  1. 1
    For the Bechamel sauce: heat butter in a medium sauce pan until melted. Add flour and stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat until light golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. 2
    Meanwhile, heat the milk in separate pan until just about to boil.
  3. 3
    Add milk to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth and bring to a boil. Cook 30 seconds and remove from heat.
  4. 4
    Season with nutmeg and 2 teaspoons salt and set aside.
  5. 5
    Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  6. 6
    Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons salt (optional).
  7. 7
    Cook pasta for 30 seconds less than the package instructions.
  8. 8
    Add Marinara sauce, Bechamel, mozzarella, and grated cheese to the pasta and mix well.
  9. 9
    Divide pasta and sauce mixture among six individual gratin dishes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  10. 10
    Bake for about 20 minutes, until bubbling and crusty on top. Serve immediately.

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