This best baked ziti for a crowd feeds 16 or more, is make ahead and freezer friendly, and will draw raves from guests. It is outstanding!
This is the best baked ziti for a crowd recipe that I’ve found. I make this often when I am hosting a large party. Not only is is delicious; it is also make ahead and freezer friendly. I have it in my freezer now for a party later this week.
The cheeses. This recipe calls for ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and provolone. Here’s what I use with good results:
- Galbani whole milk ricotta
- Sargento Off the Block shredded low moisture part-skim mozzarella
- Sargento artisan shredded parmesan (or Kirkland shredded parmesan)
- Boar’s Head provolone deli sliced (be sure to get regular~not smoked)
The Sauce. I use Bertolli tomato & basil jarred pasta sauce. This brand happens to be the winner of Cook’s Illustrated taste tests for jarred pasta sauces. When this goes on sale BOGO at Publix, I stock up just to make this ziti.
Make ahead: This can be made ahead in one super large or two large aluminum pans. Below are some pics of how I place cling wrap atop the surface of the ziti before placing in a large freezer bag. 2 gallon bags will only work for smaller pans. For large ones, I use the L or XL freezer bags.
Freeze this for up to 3-4 months. Allow at least 2 days in the fridge to thaw before baking.
I often serve this ziti with my friend Carolyn’s Heart of Palm salad or my friend Deb’s mixed greens salad with strawberries, glazed nuts & gorgonzola. Add some crusty bread and dessert, and you have a huge feast that everyone will love!
If you try this baked ziti for a crowd, please leave your thoughts in the comments of the post. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!