To prepare classic Italian baked ziti follow the "Baked Ziti" recipe on Food Network's website, which involves cooking the pasta and adding sauce, cheese and a variety of seasonings. Just 10 minutes of prep time and 40 minutes of cooking time are necessary to cook this dish.
To prepare classic Italian baked ziti, gather 1 pound dried ziti pasta, Kosher salt, 3 1/2 cups of tomato sauce, 1 pound of fresh mozzarella, 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes. Half of the mozzarella should be cut into 1/2-inch cubes, and the other half thinly sliced.
Begin by preheating oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and boiling the dried ziti pasta. Then, toss the cooked pasta with marinara sauce, cubed mozzarella, half of the parmesan cheese, black pepper and pepper flakes. Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9 by 13-inch baking dish, and cover the top of the pasta with the sliced mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan.
Bake the dish until lightly browned and hot, which takes about 30 minutes. This recipe yields six to eight main course servings. Other recipes for classic Italian baked ziti are "Baked Ziti Recipe with Ground Beef," found on Southernfood.about.com, "Baked Ziti I," found on Allrecipes.com, and "Baked Ziti," found on Lidiasitaly.com.