For when you can’t decide between fettuccine alfredo or mac and cheese, this baked pasta is the best of both!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Baked Ziti Alfredo.
1. Info for Baked Ziti Alfredo
- Cook Time: 48 min
- Total Time: 48 min
- Servings: 6
- Calories: 760.08 kcal
2. Ingredients for Baked Ziti Alfredo
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 lb. ziti
- 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter (84g per 6 Tbsp.)
- 6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour (45g per 6 Tbsp.)
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream (or more whole milk
- 3 oz. cream cheese (cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
- 1 tsp. salt (divided)
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Spray a 9×13-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling, add the ziti to the water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, 9-10 minutes. Drain the pasta in a large colander, and rinse thoroughly with cold water. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce.
In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add the flour and whisk to form a paste. Continue whisking until the paste thickens, turns slightly golden, and begins to smell toasty, 1-2 minutes.
Slowly stream the milk into the pot and continue to whisk. Pour in the heavy cream. Cook the mixture, whisking steadily, until it begins to thicken and bubble, 4-5 minutes.
Once bubbling, turn off the heat. Add the cream cheese, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to the pot. Whisk slowly until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
Return the drained ziti to the pot. Add the sauce and stir with a rubber spatula until it is thoroughly coated.
Transfer the pasta to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the additional mozzarella cheese in an even layer over the top.
Bake the ziti on middle rack of oven until edges are bubbling and cheese is slightly golden on top, 25-28 minutes.
Check to see that ziti is done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.
Allow the ziti to rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.