Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs Is there anything better in life than a hot, bubbly pan of baked ziti coming out of the oven for dinner?!!

Me thinks NOT!!

Baked Ziti has to be one of the greatest pasta dishes of ALL time.

It’s Italian family comfort food at it’s best and a perennial favorite at our house.

I’ve tried many recipes over the years, some good and some just okay.

This recipe from Giada is the one that has become my absolute favorite!

She’s added homemade mini meatballs and taken the dish to a whole new level.

These little babies really rock!

Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

Her original recipe calls for tomato sauce.

I wanted to up the flavor a bit so I used an easy to make Marinara.

Use your favorite Marinara recipe or a ready made works out well.

I also add 1-1 1/2 cups of julienned basil to the dish for even more deliciousness.

This is one Killa Baked Ziti!!!

Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

Source: Adapted Slightly From Giada De Laurentiis