For an upgrade to crowd favorite baked ziti, we pumped up the protein and veggies by adding shrimp and broccoli rabe. The result was this easy, delicious pasta bake.


  1. To make the tomato sauce, heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. of the extra virgin olive oil and the onions. Sweat the onions until they are translucent (about 5 minutes). Add 2 Tbsp. of the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and simmer until the flavors meld and the sauce thickens a bit (about 15 minutes).
  2. While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the broccoli rabe until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from water, reserving the water to cook the pasta.
  3. Cook the ziti according to package directions. Drain and reserve. When broccoli rabe is cool enough to handle, roughly chop it. Reserve.
  4. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil and remaining garlic. Cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook until just pink (about 1 minute). Stir in the broccoli rabe, sauce and pasta.
  5. Transfer to a 9” x 13” pan. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmigiano. Bake until heated through and the cheese is golden and bubbly (about 20 minutes).

Makes 12 servings.

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