Baby Shower Baked Ziti

My sister is expecting her first baby this October and my, oh my, am I excited to be an aunt for the first time. From babysitting the little guy, to seeing him in his first Christmas outfit, to watching my sister and brother as parents –  I can not wait until he makes his big debut!

This weekend my parents hosted a big co-ed baby shower and my contribution to the spread was a massive tray of baked ziti. I simplified by doctoring up store-bought marinara and cooking the day before the party. I did not bake in the oven or add the cheese on top until the day of. Just compile and let the ziti come to room temperature – stash in the fridge and cover with foil until you’re ready to bake. Make ahead or make for Sunday night dinner, the ziti is a crowd-pleaser. How can it not be – there’s three different kinds of cheese in it!

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