5-Cheese Ziti al Forno

Picture of 5-Cheese Ziti al Forno
There is an Italian restaurant that we all probably know, and most of us have probably been to.  One of my favorite dishes from said restaurant is the five-cheese ziti al forno.  The only problem is that this place can be kind of expensive.  So...why not make it at home?
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
The ingredients are split up as follows:

4 cups tomato sauce (one large can)
2 cups alfredo sauce (one 16.5 oz jar)
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons fontina cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons romano cheese, grated
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped (or minced)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped (or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes)

Remaining Ingredients:
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

NOTE: If you cannot find all the cheeses listed, feel free to use your five favorite cheeses, or leave some out if you like.  Make it your own, there's room to play with this recipe.

Step 2: Preparing the Sauce

Picture of Preparing the Sauce
The first thing we're going to put together is the sauce.  Combine all the ingredients on the sauce list in a large bowl, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 3: Preparing the Topping

Picture of Preparing the Topping
1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the first four ingredients for the ziti topping.

2. Add the garlic, oil, and parsley, mix until blended.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
dummy19771 year ago

Damn, I'm saving this for later. Never thought to add breadcrumbs to baked pasta. These pictures are making me hungreh!

TheGeek1984 (author)  dummy19771 year ago
Yeah it adds a little texture which is nice, and this is what I usually order when I go to Olive Garden. I'm glad I was able to find some simple instructions that I could share with everyone here on Instructables.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
My stomach literally just growled when I saw this. Yum!
Mine too, and I just ate supper.
CandiiKorn3 years ago
This looks great ;)
draconian233 years ago
Please elaborate on what you did to the sauce here. All you tell us is "combine ingredients and refrigerate" Does that mean we mix all of it together and put it in the fridge, expecting it to come out like your second picture? or did you mix and heat the sauce, to get it to that consistency in the second picture?
TheGeek1984 (author)  draconian233 years ago
The instructions are exact. All I did was combine everything in a bowl, mix, and set aside. The mixing causes it to come out as shown in the second picture, and the tomato and alfredo sauce give it that consistancy. There is no heating until you're ready to bake. Hope that clears everything up! :)