5 Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Looks messy, but tastes delicious!

I am a big fan of comfort food and nothing says comfort to me like hot, delicious pasta and cheesy garlic bread. For the sauce, the first few times I made this, I couldn’t find the Fontina Cheese. It tastes good with or without the Fontina, so if you have trouble finding it, it isn’t a big deal. I looked for this recipe for a long time, because this was my favorite dish from The Olive Garden. The family loved it and go back for seconds every time I make this dish. I usually double up the amount of noodles, so I can have enough for a few days. For this batch, I made the pan above and the round pan in the picture below. I usually have enough for 2 big pans, so we share with family.

4 cups tomato sauce
2 cups alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons Fontina cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons romano cheese, grated
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons parsley

1 lb dry ziti pasta
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded



  •  Combining all ingredients for the Ziti Sauce in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  •  In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the first four ingredients for the Ziti Topping.
  •  Add the garlic, oil, and parsley and mix until thoroughly blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  •  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking dish or large casserole with non-stick spray.
  •  Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  •  Pour 1/2 cup of prepared ziti sauce into the prepared dish, and spread it evenly over the bottom using a spoon.
  •  When pasta has finished cooking, drain the water and pour the hot pasta into the bowl of remaining sauce. Mix thoroughly; pour into the baking dish.
  •  Spread 1 cup of shredded mozzarella over the pasta and sauce mixture.
  •  Top the mozzarella with the prepared Ziti Topping, spreading evenly.
  •  Place pan on center oven rack and bake until top is golden brown and cheese is bubbling, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  •  Remove and serve immediately.

Source (Food.com)


Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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