Amazing Baked Ziti {With Mushrooms}

Perfect for Meatless Mondays, this Vegetarian Baked Ziti is creamy, cheesy, and super easy to make!

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be purchased from a local grocery store if they are not already in your kitchen. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and using the directions on the back of the pasta box, cook the ziti following the timing requirements for al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large heavy bottom pan over high heat and add the olive oil.

Lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, oregano, pepper and salt to the pan; sauté for 1 minute.

Add both jars of marinara or homemade sauce to the mushrooms and cook until heated through. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, add the egg, ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese and the chopped basil.

Add the drained pasta to the cheese mixture and gently incorporate using a rubber spatula. Be careful not to break up the ziti.

In the prepared 9x13 dish, add a few ladles of the mushroom sauce to just cover the bottom of the dish. Add half of the pasta and cheese mixture into the casserole dish and ladle half of the remaining mushroom sauce on top. Repeat again by layering the other half of the pasta and cheese mixture and ladling the rest of the sauce on top. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on top.

Let the ziti rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil and a sprinkle of grated parmesan, if desired.