Baked Ziti with Mushrooms and Mozzarella

Use a selection of mushrooms such as shiitake, button, cremini, or portobello for the deepest mushroom flavor.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 package (16 oz.) ziti pasta
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. mixed, sliced mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 3⁄4 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish lightly with nonstick spray. Cook the ziti according to the package directions, until just al dente; rinse, drain well, and place in the prepared casserole dish.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the mushrooms and cook without moving until they begin to brown on one side, about 7 minutes. Stir and continue to cook until they lose most of their liquid, another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, and salt. Cook until the flavors of the sauce come together, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir in 1⁄2 cup mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake the pasta until it bubbles and the cheese melts, 20 minutes.