Make This Easy Baked Vegan Ziti Recipe
- 1/2 pound dried pasta
- 1 24 ounce jar marinara sauce (or homemade)
- 10 basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
- 8 ounces Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz, diced (or 4 ounces mascarpone cheese + 4 ounces diced fresh mozzarella)
- salt and pepper, to taste
Add dried pasta to a large bowl. Pour in enough boiling water for the pasta to be covered by about 2 inches of liquid. Let soak for 30-40 minutes, or until the pasta has absorbed much of the water and is flexible to the touch. Strain the pasta.
If using Vegan Mozz: Toss pasta with the jar of marinara, basil leaves, and 3/4 of the Vegan Mozz. Pour the mixture into a baking dish, then top with the remaining Vegan Mozz. If using mascarpone and mozzarella: Toss pasta with the jar of marinara and basil leaves. Add spoonfuls of mascarpone to the mixture, along with half of the fresh mozzarella, then toss again. Add to a baking dish and top with the remaining mozzarella.
Cover the baking dish tightly with foil, then cook in a 350-degree-Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, and cook for another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let sit 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Optional: In the last 10 minutes of cooking, sprinkle a generous handful of shredded Parmesan cheese or seasoned panko breadcrumbs on top of the dish.