Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (2024)

Gluten Free Baked Ziti calls for just 5 ingredients. This easy, cheesy, satisfying gluten free dinner recipe will be a hit with kids and adults alike!

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I have not been this excited about a recipe since…well…I guess my last recipe, but there’s something about comforting Italian classics made gluten free that really riles a girl up. Gluten Free Baked Ziti calls for just five ingredients yet contains all the cheesy, savory goodness of the original. You know, Sbarro’s!

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I kid, I kid – though I used to get DOWN with Sbarro’s Baked Ziti from the mall food court back in my Jr. High days. After walking to the mall after school (#cool) my girlfriends and I would hit up the Disney store, Claire’s, and Limited Too before feasting on pizza slices as big as our heads and piles of Baked Ziti that only a 13 year old’s metabolism was built to handle from the food court staple, Sbarro. Followed by Double Doozies from Great American Cookies for dessert because of course. And then we’d go home for dinner. Dang, those were the days!

Anyway, my Gluten Free Baked Ziti hits the spot in the way that only cheese, really good marinara sauce, pasta, and well, more cheese and marinara sauce can. It is SO darn good, and reheats really well, too. Hearty, cozy, unfussy, and tastes just like the Baked Ziti of my mall food court days. I know you will love this easy dish!

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How to Make Gluten Free Baked Ziti

Start by boiling12oz gluten free ziti-type noodles in a large pot of salted, boiling water until al dente then drain. Don’t overcook as the noodles will continue to soften in the oven.

I say “ziti-type” noodles because I haven’t found gluten free ziti in stores. Full Circle Organic has a rigatoni pasta which has the long, classic ziti shape plus some very small ridges, a la traditional rigatoni. This particular brand of gluten free pasta holds up very well to being boiled then baked – I definitely recommend!

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Pasta Tips

  1. If you can’t find the above pasta, I recommend using a different brand of corn/rice blend gluten free pasta, versus a brown rice, lentil, or bean-based pasta. Corn/rice blend gluten free pastas typically hold up well to being boiled then baked, while brown rice pastas absorb sauces, which could lead to a dry dish. Most lentil and bean-based pastas fall apart very easily (and taste awful, imho) too. Really any shaped pasta will do, too – penne would be great. I like Barilla and HyVee’s store brand corn/rice blend gluten free pastas.
  2. If you do not need to eat gluten free, please be aware that most “regular” pasta is sold in 16oz packages, while most gluten free pastas are sold in 12oz packages (except for the brand above, which is randomly sold as a 14oz package.) This recipe calls for 12oz pasta so, if you want to follow this recipe but don’t need to eat gluten free, either remove 4oz pasta from a regular package of ziti OR increase the amount of marinara sauce and cheeses to ensure your dish doesn’t turn out dry.

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While the pasta is cooking, add 2-1/2 cups marinara sauce, 1 heaping cup ricotta cheese, and 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese to a large bowl then stir to combine.

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I used BelGioioso’s Whole Milk Ricotta which is gluten free and HEAVENLY. I had to cut Cam off, who wanted spoonful after spoonful, while making this dish!

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I also used Gino’s Spaghetti Sauce. One of my biggest tips for making this dish taste like the “real thing” is to use the highest quality marinara or spaghetti sauce you can find – homemade would be amazing! We are Gino’s mega fans and it’s all I’d ever dream of using for my Baked Ziti. Gino’s marinara sauce is the best you’ll ever have, but is spicy, so I use their mild spaghetti sauce when making dishes that the kids will eat too.

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Last steps are to add the drained pasta into the sauce then stir to combine. Pour into a medium-sized baking dish – I used a 7×11.5″ dish – then sprinkle on 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (which is 3/4 of a bag of shredded mozzarella – just eyeball it). Cover with foil then bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly bubbling, then uncover and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has fully melted.

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One of the things I adored about Sbarro’s Baked Ziti was that it was smothered in their house red sauce, which is what I recommend doing with this homemade version also. That said, scoop the Gluten Free Baked Ziti onto plates then douse with warm marinara sauce and dig in. Oh man, it is so special. I hope you love this comforting, cozy, classic gone gluten free! Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Baked Ziti calls for just 5 ingredients. This easy, cheesy, satisfying gluten free dinner recipe will be a hit with kids and adults alike!

Ingredients

serves 4-6

  • 12oz gluten free ziti or penne pasta (see notes)
  • 4 cups high quality marinara or spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 heaping cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil then add a couple Tablespoons salt (optional) and pasta, then cook until pasta is al dente (do not overcook as the pasta will continue to cook in the oven.) Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, add 2-1/2 cups marinara sauce, ricotta and parmesan cheeses to a large bowl then stir to combine. Add drained pasta then mix to combine. Pour mixture into a medium-sized baking dish (I used an 11x7.5”) then top with mozzarella cheese, cover with foil, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Uncover then bake for an additional 5-7 minutes to fully melt cheese (cheese does not need to brown - just melt.) Warm remaining marinara sauce then scoop Baked Ziti onto plates, spoon warm marinara sauce over top, and serve.

Notes

  • I use Full Circle Organic Penne pasta, which has a ziti-like shape. I recommend using a corn/rice blend gluten free pasta for this dish, instead of a bean, lentil, or brown rice-based pasta.
  • If you DO NOT eat gluten free: most non-gluten free pasta shapes are sold in 16oz packages vs the 12oz packages most gluten free pastas are sold in. To follow this recipe using regular pasta either remove 4oz pasta from your 16oz package before cooking, OR increase the amount of marinara sauce and both cheeses in the sauce to avoid a dry dish. This dish will not be GF if using regular pasta.
  • Use the highest quality marinara or spaghetti sauce you can find in this dish - it REALLY makes a difference in making it taste like the “real thing”! I use Gino’s Spaghetti Sauce (their marinara sauce is also great but is too spicy for my kids.)

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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  1. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (12) Hannah 09.06.2021

    Made this and the whole family loved it! Could this be frozen? This pregnant mama would love to have it as a freezer meal for after baby.

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    • Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (13) Kristin 09.07.2021

      I’m so glad to hear that, Hannah – and congrats after baby!! Typically gluten free pasta doesn’t hold up well to thawing after being frozen, unfortunately!! :(

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  2. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (14) Sue 10.04.2020

    Hi! Can this be frozen? Thanks :)

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  3. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (15) RACHEL TROTTA 09.16.2020

    Hi! Would love to make this but quick question – do you have any tips so I could make this ahead of time or how well it keeps? I would like to make it on Thursday and serve it on Saturday. Thanks so much!!

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  4. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (16) Andrea 07.29.2020

    This was SOOO good and Easy. Thank you :)

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  5. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (17) Allison 05.07.2020

    Looking forward to trying this. I was searching for gluten free kid friendly recipes to try while quarantined since I’m cooking way more than usual and my go to meals are getting old. We needed something new and this will replace the boring spaghetti I usually make.

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  6. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (18) Megan 02.25.2020

    We LOVED this!I used 1 pound of barilla pasta and here are the measurements I used for the sauce: 3.5 cups of Gino’s spaghetti sauce, mixed with 1 and 1/3 C Ricotta cheese, 1/3 C plus 2 TBS (I rounded up from 1.75 TBS) of Parmesan cheese. I bought 2- 24 oz. jars of Gino’s spaghetti sauce, and after mixing the ingredients above, I just warmed the rest of the 2nd jar in a small pot. It worked out great. I did have to increase baking time by about 6 minutes. I used close to 2 cups of mozarella on top.

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  7. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (19) Trisha 09.15.2019

    Legit cannot see/hear the word ziti without thinking of Sbarro. Ate my weight in that stuff in the 90s. I, however, tended to wash mine down with a Gloria Jeans Mocha Chiller.

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  8. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (20) Annie 09.09.2019

    This looks incredible! Do you think it would work if you added meat to the recipe, like ground beef or italian sausage? If so, how would you recommend adding that?

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    • Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (21) Kristin 09.09.2019

      Oh sure, I think that’d be fine! I’d brown 3/4lb of whatever meat you like then maybe add an extra splash of marinara sauce to the filling too. :)

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  9. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (22) Melissa 09.08.2019

    This looks and sounds excellent and fondly reminds me of the many times my mom would make baked ziti on a cold, Winter night! So comforting and tastes incredible!

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  10. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (23) JoAnn Renello 09.05.2019

    I make baked ziti too but swirl little dabs of ricotta mixed with an egg and shredded romano into the pasta and gravy in the baking dish. Work it around a bit and top it with shredded mozzarella. That’s the way my Italian m-i-l made baked ziti. I learned from the best!

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    • Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (24) Kristin 09.06.2019

      That sounds delicious, JoAnn!!

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  11. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (25) Shirley Wise 09.03.2019

    Looks delicious and easy! On this week’s menu!

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    • Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (26) Kristin 09.06.2019

      Hope you love it, Shirls! :D

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  12. Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (27) Heather 09.03.2019

    Oh mannnnn, baked ziti always reminds me of growing up(I’m from North Jersey)and eating Sunday dinner at my grandmother’s. So good!!

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    • Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (28) Kristin 09.04.2019

      Love to hear that sweet memory! And love that dishes like this can take us back to that moment in time. :)

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  13. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try that pasta!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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    • Gluten Free Baked Ziti - Gluten Free Dinner Recipe (30) Kristin 09.04.2019

      I hope you love it, Paige! :)

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