Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

One-Skillet Vegetable and 5-Cheese Baked Ziti

4 servings


15 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time


1 tablespoon olive oil

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 small zucchini, diced

1 sweet bell pepper (any color), seeded and diced

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (about 1 tablespoon total)

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2 cups water, plus more as needed

8 ounces dry ziti pasta

½ teaspoon sugar

¼ cup heavy cream (or increase to ½ cup for a creamier texture)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup minced fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish

1 cup shredded Italian 5 Cheese blend (a combination of mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, asiago, and romano cheeses)


Adjust oven rack to middle position. Heat oven to 475°F.

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion; sauté until the onion is translucent and the other vegetables start to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and ½ teaspoon salt; cook for 1 more minute.

Add the crushed tomatoes, water, ziti, sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, uncovered, stirring often and adjusting the heat as necessary to keep the liquid at a good simmer, until the ziti is almost tender, about 15-18 minutes. Add extra water, if necessary, if the sauce looks too thick.

Stir in the cream, the grated Parmesan cheese, and the minced fresh basil. Season the dish with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle the Italian cheese blend evenly over the top of the pasta.

Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake, uncovered, until the cheese melts and browns on top, about 10 minutes.

Garnish with additional fresh basil just before serving.


Serving Size

1 /4 of the recipe


536 kcal

Total Fat

20 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat

8 g

Trans Fat



46 mg


697 mg

Total Carbohydrate

69 g

Dietary Fiber

8 g

Total Sugars

16 g


25 g

4 servings


15 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time
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