National Junk Food Day

Although it’s National Junk Food Day, Green 3 is focusing on a simple and healthy dinner tonight! Taken from Gimme Some Oven, we found this chicken parmesan baked ziti recipe that only calls for six ingredients. Yep, you read that right- six!

This delicious baked ziti only needs six ingredients!

This delicious baked ziti only needs six ingredients!

Eating pasta may bring you back to your college days where pasta was the easiest, and cheapest, dinner to make. If you’re looking to eat an inexpensive meal that looks and tastes fancy.

In order to make this colorful dish, you will need: 12 ounces of DeLallo penne ziti, or any pasta shape that you are looking to devour; 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken, which is about 2 small chicken breasts; a 25 ounce jar of DeLallo Pomodoro Fresco Tomato-Basil Sauce; one and a half cups of shredded mozzarella cheese; a third-cup of freshly-grated parmesan cheese; and a fourth-cup of packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped.

Oh man! Is your mouth watering like ours right now?

Let’s get to cooking!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. You’ll cook the pasta al dente in well-salted boiling water, probably like your mom or pops used to tell you how to boil water. Drain the pasta, and return it to the stockpot. Add chicken and tomato sauce, and gently toss until the pasta is coated in the savory sauce!

Pour half the pasta in a greased, 11×7-inch or 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle¬†one cup of mozzarella cheese, half the parmesan cheese and half of the basil. Then, you’ll layer the remaining half of the pasta on top of that. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

This is the fun part!

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and starts to barely turn golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with the remaining parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve warm and enjoy!

If you make this delectable dish and want to upload it to social media, use the hashtag #gimmesomeoven.

For more amazing recipes, check out her blog, Gimme Some Oven, here!

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