Throwback Thursday: Chicken & Zucchini Baked Ziti

I moved out of my apartment in Breckenridge today to move back to Boulder. Only one more semester of school in Boulder until I get to start culinary school! I am going to miss living in the mountains, the beautiful views from my front porch, the pace of life, and the cool weather. The one thing that I won’t miss about that apartment is the tiny piece-of-junk kitchen. When we first moved in, our stove would spark and pop every time we tried to turn it on- no it was not gas! This week’s Throwback Thursday recipe was made during this time, when I was afraid to cook anything on the stove. Instead I boiled the water for the pasta in the microwave to cook it!

Baked ziti is kind of a fun version of lasagna. Whenever I make a baked ziti or lasagna, I try to be sure to include a meat and a veggie. If you are a vegetarian you can always just do two types of veggies. This particular recipe is a great combination of chicken and shredded zucchini. A baked ziti is a great one-pot dinner for a busy weeknight.

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Chicken & Zucchini Baked Ziti
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4-5
  • 3 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • ½ onion
  • 5 oz pepper jack cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts (cooked & diced)
  • 1½ cups shredded zucchini
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Cook the pasta (al dente).
  2. Spread a layer of spaghetti sauce onto the bottom of a square casserole dish.
  3. Layer the casserole as follows- pasta, chicken, onion, pasta, sauce, cheese, zucchini, pasta, sauce, cheese.
  4. Bake at 350F until bubbling (about 30 minutes)


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9 Responses to Throwback Thursday: Chicken & Zucchini Baked Ziti

  1. Maureen says:

    I think rather than a throwback I’d call it an oldie but goodie. Looks delicious.

  2. That kitchen is going to get dirty sometime! Thanks for the recipe. My daugher loves baked ziti.

  3. Kay Ecker says:

    What a beautiful looking dish! Yum! Good luck with the new apartment! Hope you enjoy your new kitchen:-). I hate electric stoves;-)

  4. Love zucchini, this sounds wonderful! I will be in Brekenridge in a couple days!

  5. Good luck with new apartment and school. Well if you can make a dish like this in microwave and sparking stove I am sure we are in for great recipes and treats with your new place. Have great weekend.

  6. Julie says:

    I’m doing a linky party for zucchini…if you have a chance come on over and link up!

  7. jennifer says:

    How would adding ricotta affect this recipe?

  8. Adding ricotta would make this recipe much creamier. I think it would be a great addition!

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