Easy Mexican ‘Cheesy Baked Ziti’ for Kids

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Since most of us are a huge fan of cheese in any form, this cheesy Mexican cuisine is a delight for kids. And, if you have a Mexican food fan at home, this one is blissful. Every time you will prepare this dish, the ingredients give a kicky tang to your taste buds. Less effort, with surprisingly appreciated results, can make you a favorite cook not only for your kid but also for all.

You can enjoy this casserole dish as a simple family meal, hearty and yummy enough to serve the guests. To please everyone at your table, try this appetizer now!

Category: Vegetarian

Servings: 6

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Baking Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes (involves baking for 25 minutes)

Ready In: 1 hr



  • 1/2 pound of dried ziti
  • 15 – 16 ounces of ricotta cheese (part skim)
  • 3 cups or 12 ounces mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 3 cups or 26-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese


  • Warm up the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a big sized pot, put in some salted water.
  •  When starts boiling, put in the ziti.
  • Boil until tender, for about 8 minutes, and then drain.
  • Take out the ziti in another large bowl.
  • Now, you can mix up the ricotta and part of the mozzarella well.
  • Take a casserole dish (9 x 13) and grease it with butter or oil.
  • Disperse the spaghetti sauce in the base of the dish (make sure you have preserved half of the sauce for upper coating).
  • Scatter the ziti mixture over this sauce.
  • Cover the ziti again, with the remaining sauce.
  • Now, sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
  • Keep it in the oven, uncovered, to bake for 20-30 minutes (till you see the casserole bubbles on the boundaries).

Tip: You may also add a tossed salad for making it a complete meal.