Baked ziti is a baked casserole dish made with ziti macaroni and sauce characteristic of Italian-American cuisine. In many recipes, the ziti are first cooked separately while a tomato and cheese sauce is prepared, which may include meat, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and more. The cooked and drained ziti are then combined with the cooked sauce, which may be layered with additional varieties of cheeses, baked in the oven, and served hot. A similar al forno dish with a different type of pasta is baked mostaccioli which, in Italian means (loosely) "of the chicken". Baked ziti has been characterized as a dish that "has remained a standby for generations" in Italian-American homes and restaurants. Click here http://tinyurl.com/zitipasta and learn how to cook like a pro... many useful recipes. happy costumer more than year have a nice day
Ziti is a tube shaped- penne is similar but penne has ridges on it and ziti is smooth. Rigatoni is similar to penne but it is a wider tube shape. you could use any of them interchangeably. I substitute spiral shaped pasta sometimes as well.
It is a long thick tube, which is broken in pieces before cooking. It can be substituted using other types of tubular pasta such as; penne, rigatoni or mostaccioli. The pasta is also sometimes called boccolotti, zituane, candele or zitoni.