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Provolone Ziti Bake

Smoked provolone cheese amps up the flavor in this simple pasta bake. If you are feeding a crowed this is a perfect main or side dish.

Provolone Ziti Bake is good served alone as a meal or as a side with grilled chicken, meatballs, etc. You can make this dish with any broth but I highly recommend using red wine instead of broth.  I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook Healthy Cooking 2013 Annual Recipes.

Provolone Ziti Bake is a great meal for feeding a lot of people that doesn’t require a lot of steps. I like that I can put this dish in the oven and then clean my kitchen before the dish is ready to eat. 

Cost Per Serving $1.87 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $14.92.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this dish will cost about $7.05.

  • This reduces cost per serving to $0.88.

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

Stove Top & Oven

Recipe serves: 8

Serving size: 1.5 cups

Equipment needed: 1 pot for sauce, 1 pot for pasta and a 13 X 9 baking dish

Total time: 1.5 hours


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there will be savings if about $7.87.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.87 as of May 2022

  • olive oil $2.77
  • sugar $2.12
  • dried basil $0.98
  • cooking spray $2.00


Total: $7.05 as of May 2022

  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - bulb of garlic $0.50
  • 2 - crushed Italian tomatoes 28 oz $2.50
  • 1 - chicken broth 14.5 oz $0.67
  • 1 - box ziti 16 oz $0.92
  • 1 - bag provolone cheese $1.84

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Place a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Cook pasta to package directions. 
  3. Preheat oven to 350°
  4. Heat sauce pan with 1 tablespoon of oil then add onion and sauté until soft.
  5. Once onions are soft add garlic for 1 minute.
  6. Add to the onions:
    • Italian tomatoes
    • Measure 1.5 cups of water and place them in the tomato can swirl the water in the can then add the water to the tomatoes.
    • 1/2 cup broth or wine
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  7. Bring the sauce to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. 
  8. Add the cooked noodles to the sauce
  9. Spray the baking dish, add the noodles and sauce then bake for 1 hour.
  10. Remove the baking dish from the oven and add 8 slices of cheese. Place the dish back in the oven and bake for 4-6 minutes. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $70 – Menu 4

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