Pasta has always been my signature dinner. I grew up in an Italian family and on most Sundays, there would be a big bowl of spaghetti on the table next to meatballs or Italian Pot Roast. I feel very comfortable cooking Italian and there is always a batch of marinara sauce in my freezer. Italian dinners are what I am most comfortable with but also some of my family’s favorites.
These days we don’t have hours to sit down on a Sunday or weeknight for dinner but that is no reason not to cook. There are plenty of easy Italian recipes to go around. Even if dinner is over in a quick half hour, it is worth having that time with my family.
I love the ease of this baked ziti recipe and the fact that it can be made in advance. I like to assemble it in the morning then bake it right before dinner. While the whole recipe takes about an hour to make, the baking time is only 30 minutes.
It is also a perfect dinner to reheat in the microwave for any family members that straggle into dinner late. It is pretty nice to come home from soccer practice at 8 pm but still be able to have a warm hearty dinner ready in two minutes.
While I frequently serve this dinner with Italian bread, a salad and a glass of wine, it really is a complete meal with meat, pasta, cheese and vegetables included. What more can you want from a meal?
This is just one of my easy pasta dinners. I am the queen of serving pasta to my family and I’ve never heard a complaint about too much pasta on anyone’s plate. For other easy pasta meals, why don’t you try serving these? Your family will thank you when they see what’s on the table!