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Individual baked zitis

Total Time
50 min
15 min
35 min
These cheesy baked zitis are a comforting, satisfying meal that requires just 15 minutes of hands-on time. Dividing the pasta mixture among muffin cups speeds the cooking process and also provides perfectly portioned servings with more of those lovely browned edges that make baked pastas so enticing. This recipe is sized for a crowd, but if you’re preparing them for just a handful of people, freeze the extras to have on hand for an easy meal. To freeze, cool the portions completely, and then wrap them first in freezer wrap and then foil, and store them in a zip-close plastic freezer bag. They'll keep up to 3 months and can be reheated in the microwave.


Uncooked whole wheat ziti

16 oz

Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s), divided (Parmigiano-Reggiano suggested)

Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1½ cup(s), divided

Part-skim ricotta cheese

½ cup(s)

Canned crushed tomatoes

2½ cup(s)

Canned tomato paste

1 Tbsp


1 Tbsp, chopped (plus extra for garnish)


1 small clove(s), minced

Italian seasoning

½ tsp

Crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp, or to taste

Kosher salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Egg white(s)

1 large


1 Tbsp


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions until barely tender; drain and pat dry.
  3. Meanwhile, generously spray 12 extra-large (6-ounce) muffin cups or 6-ounce ramekins with nonstick spray. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon Parmesan in bottom of each and tilt ramekins or muffin pan to cover bottoms evenly.
  4. Transfer warm pasta to large bowl; immediately stir in ¾ cup mozzarella and the ricotta. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, garlic, Italian seasoning,red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Combine egg white and water in small bowl; whisk until smooth. Add egg mixture to pasta; stir to combine.
  6. Divide pasta mixture evenly among prepared muffin cups and press down lightly with spoon to pack; sprinkle each cup with 1 tablespoon remaining mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, until mozzarella is melted and noodles begin to brown at edges, 12−15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes; sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan over tops. Remove zitis from muffin pan; garnish with basil.
  7. Serving size: 1 baked ziti