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.
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.
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.
Single Serving Baked Ziti
In a microwave-safe cereal bowl, layer the ingredients:
- mozzarella cheese
- cottage cheese
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
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
- Make the pasta in the microwave per these instructions.
- Layer the pasta, 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, and 1/2 the sauce.
- Mix it all up.
- Layer the rest of the sauce over the top and smooth out.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove it from the microwave and top with the rest of the mozzarella cheese.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 1773mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 9gSugar: 21gProtein: 25g
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Uh Strphanie, I have to ask: what exactly do you think “baked ziti” actually means? You suggest using penne or rotini or elbow pasta; do you understand that ziti is also a pasta shape? Using penne in your recipe would result in… get ready… BAKED PENNE. Ditto with rotini and macaroni. Are you truly this confused?