Easy Skillet Baked Ziti

Easy Skillet Baked Ziti – America’s Test Kitchen

This Easy Skillet Baked Ziti is from America’s Test Kitchen TV show. It’s only one pan, easy clean-up, and very good flavor.


One of the easiest, if not the easiest pasta recipes I’ve ever made.

I love the simplicity and one-pan factor with this dish.

I like to serve the pasta with a salad and crusty bread. Makes for a great weeknight meal.

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America's Test Kitchen Skillet Baked Ziti
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Skillet Baked Ziti is really easy and makes a great weeknight meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easy Skillet Baked Ziti
Servings: 6
Calories: 395 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta 3 3/4 cups
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaf minced
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 475.

  2. Combine oil, garlic, pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 12-inch oven-safe nonstick skillet and saute over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. (If your skillet is not oven-safe, transfer the pasta mixture into a shallow 2-quart casserole dish before sprinkling with the cheese and baking).

  3. Add crushed tomatoes, water, ziti, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  4. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain a vigorous simmer until ziti is almost tender 15-18 minutes.

  5. Stir in cream, Parmesan, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over ziti. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10 minutes. Serve.


Enjoy this Easy Skillet Baked Ziti!

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Recipe based on one by berly333
Photo by May I Have That Recipe