Skillet Ziti Recipe {Quick & Easy Meal}

    Posted by  ·  February 28, 2012

    I love good skillet recipes because they are quick and easy meals! This Skillet Ziti is super delicious!


    Skillet Ziti

    2 teaspoons olive oil
    6 garlic cloves, minced
    1 teaspoon salt
    pinch of red pepper flakes
    2 –  14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with basil and oregano
    3 cups water
    16 ounces uncooked ziti pasta
    ½ cup heavy cream
    ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

    Saute oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a large oven-safe  skillet over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes (do not brown garlic). Add canned tomatoes, water, ziti and salt. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often (about every two minutes to keep pasta from sticking to bottom of pan). Cook until ziti is almost tender about 15-18 minutes. Stir in cream, Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, transfer the pasta mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish before sprinkling with the cheese and baking. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over the pasta. Place skillet to oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10 minutes.

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    1. Bridgitte
      Friday, January 27th, 2017
      This is a great recipe. I make it all the time. I'm a great cook and small alterations and substitution don't keep it from tasting like some of the best Ziti I've had in fine Itslian restaurants in NYC.
    2. Glynda
      Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
      I/m looking for a button that says Print but don't see it, is there a way to print recipe only?
      • Bridgitte
        Friday, January 27th, 2017
        Write it out or take your tablet, laptop, phone to the kitchen. It ain't that serious.
    3. Brenda
      Friday, September 13th, 2013
      Will definitely try this but will add a protein.
      • Bridgitte
        Friday, January 27th, 2017
        I add frozen Italian meatballs.
    4. Roxanne
      Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
      Used crushed tomatoes so had to add about 1 extra cup of water. Very easy. Thanks for sharing!
    5. Gwen Montgomery Stone
      Monday, April 29th, 2013
      Made a couple of changes because we live 22 miles from grocery store. You learn to make do with what you have. No ziti used elbow mac. No cream used canned evapo milk. Used my home canned tomatoes just chopped them up and added the herbs. Added a little chopped onion with the garlic. Turned out really good will make it for my grandkids. Thanks!
    6. Saturday, April 27th, 2013
      Nice. Thanks for posting this. I'll definitely return to your site to see what's new and recommend my neighbors about you.
    7. Friday, June 8th, 2012
      Wow! This look delicious. I am going to go home and make this.


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    8. Thursday, June 7th, 2012
      VERY tasty and oh so easy! Perfect for an evening when you want something delicious & quick...and who doesn't love pasta with cheese???
      • Bridgitte
        Friday, January 27th, 2017
        Lots of cheese. Lol
    9. Kristen
      Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
      Made this last night and the whole family loved it, even my two picky children! Used my enamel coated cast iron skillet and worked perfectly. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch today! :) Thanks for the recipe.
    10. Tammy
      Friday, March 9th, 2012
      My husband has made this twice in the last good!

      Cat G...we set the oven to 350.
    11. Sunday, March 4th, 2012
      This is perfect for my dinner tonight. I have some leftover grilled chicken I'm going to cut up and stir in before it goes in the oven. Love your site! Thank you!
    12. Friday, March 2nd, 2012
      Drooling over here! This looks amazingly delicious and oh so simple!
    13. Thursday, March 1st, 2012
      This looks delicious! And I have everything on hand minus the ziti, but I do have other fun shaped pastas on hand. Thanks for the recipe.
    14. Cat G
      Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
      What temp do we set the over for?
    15. Laura Susan
      Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      We made this for dinner, and it was delicious! My husband said, "This is the best Italian dish we've made!"
    16. Sarah
      Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      What is the oven temp for the baking step?
    17. Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      That looks soooo good!
    18. DJINFL
      Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      Just made this using leftover sweet pepper tomato sauce in place of the heavy cream. Still yummy!
    19. Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      Oven temperature?
    20. Donna
      Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      This looks really good! TFS
    21. Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      I love all things garlic and ziti- cannot wait to try!
    22. Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      oh my goodness ~ that looks so yummy! Think I'm going to have to make it!
    23. Dora Gutierrez
      Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      YUMMY!! This looks delicious and easy to make. Thanks very much for sharing this recipe.
    24. Ashalia
      Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
      Yummy!! I will be trying this one:)