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Provolone Ziti Bake

Smoked provolone cheese amps up the flavor in this simple pasta bake.

This recipe is good with chicken or vegetable broth but if you want to really amp up the flavor then I highly recommend using red wine instead of broth.  I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it is also available online

This 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. 

Stove Top & Oven

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $14.92 as of May 2022.

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

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

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. Place a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Cook pasta to package directions. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Heat sauce pan with 1 tablespoon of oil then add onion and sauté until soft.
  4. Once onions are soft add garlic for 1 minute.
  5. 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
  6. Bring the sauce to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. 
  7. Add the cooked noodles to the sauce
  8. Spray the baking dish, add the noodles and sauce then bake for 1 hour.
  9. 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 Extreme Menu 4 – Family of 4

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