Creamy is the key word here, as cream cheese takes a tomato and ziti pasta casserole to a whole new level of pasta deliciousness. Don't forget the double dose of cheese on top - it's the crowning glory on this baked pasta casserole.

  • PREP: 0 hr(s). 20 min / Total: 0 hr(s). 40 min
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  • Servings: 8 servings, 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) each

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Make It

  • Heat oven to 375ºF.

  • Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove from pan; drain. Add pasta sauce, tomatoes and cream cheese to same pan; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Return pasta to pan; toss to evenly coat.

  • Place half the pasta mixture in 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with layers of 3/4 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

  • Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Kraft Kitchen Tips


    This flavourful pasta recipe can be assembled ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 8 hours before baking as directed, increasing the baking time to 30 to 35 min. or until pasta mixture is heated through.


    Prepare using penne pasta.

Ratings & Reviews



mmm yummy


8 servings!?!?!? I got twelve from it. I made it exactly as called for and got four extra servings. I thought it would be great to have for dinner and then for my boyfriend and I to take to work for lunches this week, but it seems we'll be eating it for dinner, too. Good thing it's so tasty!!


My family just loved this recipe! I had a problem finding Ziti pasta.... used the Penne and it was excellent.




We found this to be very very creamy, almost too much. If I were to make it again I would decrease the amount of cream cheese and increase the amount of pasta sauce to balance it out.


Everyone loves the creamy, cheesy sauce. Pair it with a green salad and some garlic bread and the meal is complete. It has become another staple in our house.


I used the Kraft herbed cream cheese and I added some hot sausage and a can of mushrooms to the sauce. It went over very well and was gone in 2 days.



I've made this many times. It's fast, easy and yummy. I use a 3 cheese sauce.


Philly mutes the spices of the sauce. The recipe needs a flavorful sauce like Kraft’s Prego Original. The ziti bake was too dry. Increase the amount of sauce to 2.25 cups AND drain tomatoes, replacing the juice with pasta sauce to increase flavor.


This is one of my favourite dishes to make! So good! I have made it not only with ziti, but spaghetti, maccaroni, and other kinds of pasta.


Love, Love, Love this recipe!! I added chicken! It was so delicious! Will definitely make this over and over again!


Very tasty and simple to make! Nice dish for a busy day when there's no time to really cook.


I made this last night and added hot banana peppers and chili flakes in the tomato and pasta sauce mix with alittle oregano and basil also I used the Almyers Italian seasoned tomatoes.. was lovely.....


I added lean ground beef, and used Italian Seasoned diced tomatoes. YUMMMM


Very tasty, will make again. i used 'littlelora' suggestion and used spicy pasta and italian spice tomatoes and it was yum, gave it a kick.


I used a red pepper & chili pasta sauce and Italian spice tomatoes to add some zest to this recipe. It is absolutely delicious and it's my new signature pot-luck dish!



Excellent. Substituted Philly herb and garlic 95% fat free. Huge hit at our house. Made me look like I'd worked all day at it.


Very tasty recipe..will be making it again hubby and toddler loved it. I do agree not the healthiest dinner so I will be adding some veggies next time..I also didn't add the tomatoes just added some water to the pasta sauce and cut the cream cream in half


Easy and delicious. The only reason I wouldn't give it 5 stars is because it isn't exactly a "healthy" meal. Next time around I will substitute ricotta for the cream cheese, reduce the amount of mozzarella and add chopped spinach in with cream cheese. Can't wait to make it!


EXCELLENT!!!!! We LOVED this recipe! Will do it again and again! I used diced tomatoes with herbs and PC Marinara Sauce and EXTRA mozz cheese! Best dinner we have had in a long time! FANTASTIC! Thanks so much!!!


This dish was excellent! My family has already asked me to make it again.


This was easy to make and very tasty! I added hamburger meat for my fiance though, and maybe i will exclude the tomatoes


This was delish!!! I made it for company tonight because it looked basic enough but yummy and it was a huge hit. I did make only a couple of minor adjustments...none of which would have affected the flavor at all. Instead of using diced tomatoes I used crushed tomatoes and I added extra mozza because we love it super cheesie. My company even had second helpings. It was fantastic!


I made this for guests and several of them said it was too strong of a tomatoe taste. I think I would add some veggies next time


Tastes great and is so easy to make. I used the penne pasta, 19 fl. oz of diced tomatoes and I used the whole pkg. of cream cheese. I also added 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese over the first layer.



Delicious and super easy to make! Might add some canned mushrooms to the recipe next time to change it up a bit.


AWESOME!!!!! My husband, kids and I all loved it! Will definitely make again and it would be perfect for a potluck. We're vegetarian too, so it's nice to see a vegetarian dish so easy and delicious!!


What a yummy comfort food recipe this is. It's so creamy and so tasty and fast.


This will be a permanent part of my recipes


Absolutely delish. I used less cheese, and Classico 4 cheese pasta sauce.


My husband has put this on his best meals ever list! I added some oregano as I only had tomato sauce. I also added italian sausage and used herb and garlic cream cheese and rotini. We will definately have this again



The family did enjoy it. Personally, I found it to be too bland but the recipe has potential. Next time I'll cut down the cream cheese, add some fresh herbs (basil and oregano)and chicken (or italian sausage). I did use whole wheat penne and fire roasted diced tomatoes.


Excellent flavor & very easy to make. I made the dish a few times and it always turns out wonderful.


So yummy! I used 1/2 whole wheat past and 1/2 regular and my husband didn't even notice! It was even still creamy the next day when we had it for leftovers! So very easy to make!


Absolutely delicious. I used Marinara Sauce instead of just a pasta sauce. I can't wait to make it again.


This recipe is good but very indulgent (cream cheese, mozza and parm!). I made it as is but added lean ground beef and spicy italian sausage for more substance. Next time I would cut down the light cream cheese to 1/2 or 1/4 package and also add some veggies such as spinach or zucchini.


It was excellent my son loved it. He suggested next time putting sausage in it but I see someone has already come up with that idea.


Fantastic!! I added some hot italian sausage to it and it has become a family favorite! Very filling.


This dish was easy to prepare and enjoyed by all. My daughter, who is very picky with pasta dishes, loved this one and requested that I make it again.


This was very good however I think the next time I make it I will definitely try it with either chicken or hamburger and maybe spinach. Otherwise I would definitely serve it with vegetables or a's too heavy on it own but still very good!


This recipe was very yummmm. I would make is again for sure. I used vegetable rotini because it was what I had, and I added mild italian sausage pieces because my husband is not fond of meat-less meals. instead of regular stewed tomatoes, I used the ones diced in garlic and olive oil, added a nice flavour. We took it for our lunches at work for a couple days and it reheated very well. Super cheesy. The cream cheese made the tomato sauce a delicious rose sauce. I will make this again for sure, and maybe with chicken...


it truely is a easy short cut to lasanga. very yummy


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8 servings, 1-1/2 cup (375 mL) each

Nutritional Info

Serving Size 1-1/2 cup (375 mL)

Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 480mg
Total Carbohydrates 54g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 10g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A15%
Vitamin C35%

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


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