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Microwave Baked Ziti Pasta for One Serving

by Stephanie

I just love cheesy pasta dishes, and making a single-serving version is one of my favorite things to do for lunch.  Baked Ziti is so simple to do. 

Microwave Single Serving Baked Ziti

For the pasta, you can make it a couple of ways.  For baked ziti, usually I go with penne pasta, but you can use rotini or even elbow pasta.  Usually, I just use the 60-second Barilla pastas to make a single-serving.  Personally, they aren’t my favorites because they tend to come out a little harder than I like, but they are super convenient. 

Single Serving Baked Ziti in the Microwave

Pasta for One Serving

If you aren’t a fan of them either, I recommend making pasta in the microwave like I did in this recipe. I recommend using 1 cup of pasta and using enough water to cover it and then following the directions I gave in that post. 

When your pasta is ready, then it’s time to make your ziti.  For the “cheesy” part, you can use sour cream, cottage cheese, or ricotta.  I always have cottage cheese in the fridge, so that’s what I used.  But, I’ve made this with sour cream and ricotta as well, and it always comes out delicious. 

How to make Single Serving Baked Ziti

Single Serving Baked Ziti 

In a microwave-safe cereal bowl, layer the ingredients: 

  • pasta
  • mozzarella cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • sauce

Mix it all up and add a second layer of sauce over the top to prevent any pasta from drying out during the cooking process.  Then, microwave it for about 2-3 minutes to melt everything together.  

After it comes out of the microwave, add some mozzarella cheese over the top.  I have found if you add the mozzarella before cooking it, it can burn and get hard on top of the pasta when you cook it for 2-3 minutes.  So, it’s best to wait until it comes out to add it.

Microwave Single Serving Baked Ziti
Yield: 1 serving

Microwave Single Serving Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

This Microwave Single Serving Baked Ziti is an easy dish for both lunch and dinner.


  • 1 cup of penne pasta
  • 1 cup of pasta sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup of cottage cheese


  1. Make the pasta in the microwave per these instructions.
  2. Layer the pasta, 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, and 1/2 the sauce.
  3. Mix it all up.
  4. Layer the rest of the sauce over the top and smooth out.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove it from the microwave and top with the rest of the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before enjoying.


You can substitute the Barilla 60-second pastas instead of making your own.

You can also use rotini, elbow pasta, or even farfalle instead of penne pasta.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 1773mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 9gSugar: 21gProtein: 25g

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