No-Boil Baked Ziti

No-Boil Baked Ziti

by Chef George Duran


Servings 6

Active Time:

~15 min

Total Time:

~1 hr 12 min

About this Recipe

Baked pasta is one of Italy’s crowning comfort foods. This gooey, cheesy recipe is so simple that you don’t even have to boil the pasta; which makes it a weeknight-friendly dish that’ll feed the whole family. While vegetarian as is, feel free to add cooked, crumbled Italian Sausage, or crispy pancetta or bacon to round it out.


  • 1 lb dried ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 lb whole milk ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

From Your Pantry

nonstick cooking spray

kosher salt and black pepper


Brava Chef's Pan

mixing bowls

Nutrition Information

Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat (Gluten)


  • Dinner
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Christmas
  • Chef's Pan
  • Italian
  • Pasta
  • Recipes
  • Serves 4
  • Weekend
  • Weeknight
  • Year Round

  1. 1

    Prep pasta and cheese mixtures

    • Spray Brava Chef’s Pan with nonstick spray.
    • In a medium bowl, stir together ziti, marinara sauce, tomatoes and water; set aside.
    • In another medium bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, egg, oregano, granulated garlic, 1½ teaspoons kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper; mix well and set aside.

  2. 2

    Preheat Brava, assemble and bake ziti

    • Press green button to begin preheating Brava.
    • While Brava preheats, assemble baked ziti.
    • Evenly spread half of ricotta mixture across bottom of Chef’s Pan.
    • Pour ziti mixture on top.
    • Dollop remaining ricotta mixture on top of ziti.
    • Cover Chef’s Pan with lid.
    • When Brava notifies you, slide Chef’s Pan, covered, into top shelf and press green button to begin cooking.
    • Note: You will add mozzarella and basil after 40 minutes.

  3. 3

    Add mozzarella and basil

    • When Brava notifies you, carefully remove Chef’s Pan.
    • Remove lid and stir pasta.
    • Top with mozzarella and basil, if using.
    • Slide Chef’s Pan, uncovered, into top shelf and press green button to continue cooking.

  4. 4


    • When Brava notifies you, carefully remove Chef’s Pan.
    • Rest baked ziti for 10 minutes and serve.