Kid Recipe Alert: Baked Ziti

My daughter would eat this everyday if I let her.

No seriously! She loves baked ziti! It doesn’t matter who makes it, she’ll gobble it up and ask for more a few minutes after. However, she also loves helping in the kitchen. Which is great … sometimes. Lol I don’t cook much, so when I do, sometimes I prefer to just be alone and get it all done. I can lose focus really quickly in the kitchen, so I have to be alert and pay attention.

But this recipe below is so easy, I think the next time she craves baked ziti, I’m going to let her make it by herself. Sometimes, I don’t want her doing anything in the kitchen, because I’m scared she’s going to get burned. (I think this may stem from my mother kicking me out of the kitchen when I was little because she thought I’d get hurt.) But then I remember all those kids on MasterChef who are killing it and I realize that she can totally do this! I just have to guide her.

Does your child like to help in the kitchen?

If so … and you ever need a break from making dinner one day, and your child is old enough to touch the stove by themselves, this is a really simple recipe they can make while mom catches up on her favorite shows. If your child isn’t old enough to do this alone, you’ll have to stay close by to make sure they don’t turn anything over and make a complete mess. Lol Sorry!

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Kid's Baked Ziti
A baked ziti any kid will love, that they can make on their own, or with a little help from mom.
baked ziti recipe for kids
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 - 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 - 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
baked ziti recipe for kids
Instructions
  1. Pour 10 cups of water into a big pot. Then add salt. Turn the stove on, and wait for the water to boil.
  2. Add box of pasta to boiling water, slowly, so the water doesn't accidentally burn you. Stir.
  3. Let pasta cook for about 5 minutes, then stir again.
  4. "Grease" your baking dish, with butter and turn on your oven to 350 degrees, while you wait for pasta to finish cooking. (This should take about another 5 to 10 minutes depending on how soft you like it.)
  5. Once pasta is finished, pour the pasta and water into a strainer, and shake lightly until all the water is gone. (Small kids may need assistance.)
  6. Pour the pasta back into the pot, and add butter. Mix until butter is melted.
  7. Add the jar of pasta sauce, then stir.
  8. Add one and a half bags of cheese, then stir again.
  9. Pour the pasta into your baking dish and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top.
  10. Put baking dish into the oven, or allow a grown up to do this step, and let it bake until the cheese on top is melted.
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  • Susan Grady

    I must be have child like taste buds because I only order baked ziti at Olive Garden and The Cheesecake Factory….i love me some baked pasta!

    • LOL You know you’re probably going to hate me, but I’ve never been to either of those places! *hides in corner* But I love pasta too, so this may be where my daughter’s obsession came from. Lol