This Greek Baked Ziti is a delicious and hearty dish that is perfect for making ahead, freezing, and saving for a party or large gathering.
When I saw this Greek Baked Ziti, a Southern Living 2015 recipe, I decided to give it a try. I doubled the recipe, made it ahead, and froze it about a month ago. I thawed, cooked and served it last week at our small group, and it was a huge hit.
This dish was inspired by pastitsio, a Greek lasagna. Fresh lemon juice and a touch of cinnamon add a unique and yummy twist on traditional pasta dishes. Everyone noticed the cinnamon but commented on how well it complemented the dish.
Make ahead: This dish can be made to the point of baking, frozen, and thawed in the fridge before baking. Since I made a double portion in an extra large aluminum baking dish, I thawed it for three days so that it would bake evenly.
Savvy suggestion: Bake covered until all the cheese melts, then uncover just long enough to brown the cheese to golden. Spray the aluminum foil (the part that sits on the ziti) so that it won’t stick to the cheese and pull it off when uncovered.
This really makes a unique and delicious dish that is hearty and perfect for serving at a party. We served it with a large salad, yeast rolls and dessert, and everyone loved it.