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Quick, Easy, Frugal Baked Ziti

I've been asked for this recipe so many times, I decided to drag it back up closer to the top of my archives. It's one of my families' favorites. For me, this recipe has it ALL. It's quick, easy and a frugal (less than $5) meal. What more could you ask for?

1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 jar water
1 lb pasta (rotini, penne, ziti, elbows, shells)
8 oz shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, mexican, mont. jack)

Mix sauce, water, and uncooked pasta in 9x13 pan. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes (depends upon type of pasta used). Remove cover, stir, top with cheese, and bake until cheese is melted.

Serve with garlic toast and a salad.

Variations: add mushrooms, eggplant, zuccini, or any other vegetable you need to sneak in on your kids. It doesnt take much. Meat can also be added. 1 lb of ground beef, italian sweet pork sausage, ground turkey or 2 cups cooked chicken.



  1. YUM! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. You added your picture! Very nice!

  3. That looks soo good. I loves me some pasta, and put cheese on it? Even better! :)

  4. precious thank you for the chicken recipe! ;)

    frugalsuz I'm a pasta and cheese freak. I eat cheese daily. There are so many varieties, and I love trying new ones.

  5. One of these days I WILL make this recipe. :)

    Love the picture! You look like one of my SILs.

  6. Memo to self...get zucchini and make this next week...thanks!

  7. OHHH Jeeez...I gotta have some of that....let me go find my cholesteral medicine...I want extra cheese....

  8. WOW! That's so much easier than cooking the pasta and baking it - love your recipes!!! Can't wait to try this :)

  9. What an easy recipe and my kids love pasta - i will have to give this a try!

  10. YUM!!! It doesn't get any easier than this and it's a real meal you can make in less time than ordering a pizza. Awesome!

    I'm new to this site but I have a feeling I'm going to spend a lot of time here.