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Cheese Ziti

Who doesn’t love noodles and cheese? No one I know that is for sure! This recipe is great as a main or served on the side. 

I like to make bread crumbs with homemade bread or really cheap bread I keep stored in my freezer. I like the taste and crunch  of homemade bread crumbs versus store bought which sometimes has a grit texture.  

Stove & Oven

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $13.95 as of May 2022.

  • If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $8.81.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup

Equipment needed: 1 large pot for past, 1 sauce pan, 1.5 quart casserole dish with lid

Total time: 1 hour


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about 5.14.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $5.14 as of May 2022

  • butter $3.58
  • flour $1.56


Total: $8.81 as of May 2022

  • ziti pasta 16 oz $0.92
  • 1/2 gallon milk $2.38
  • 1 cheddar cheese 8 oz $2.22
  • 1 loaf bread $0.93
  • 1 grated parmesan cheese $2.36

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Bring water to a boil and cook ziti to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. In a sauce pan melt 1 tablespoon butter then stir in 2 tablespoons of flour until smooth. 
  4. Once the mixture is smooth and you no longer see white flour slowly add milk while stirring constantly. Continue to stir until mixture is thick and creamy. 
  5. Turn off the heat and add cheese until melted. 
  6. Drain cooked pasta and add to the casserole dish. Add the sauce evenly over the pasta. I like to mix it in a little making sure all the noodles have a little sauce. 
  7. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Once the 20 minutes is complete, melt 2 tablespoons of butter
  9. Stir the butter into the bread crumbs then add the mixture to the top of the pasta evenly.
  10. Bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes or the topping is brown. Enjoy! 

This recipe can also be found in Menu 2 – Family of 2

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