Fried Stuffed Ziti Recipe

How to make Stuffed Ziti Fritta

A perfect cheesy appetizer, the Stuffed Ziti Fritta is ideal for making a huge batch. It’s also one of the quickest and easiest ways to start an Italian night at home.

You want to know why?

Because it’s basically pasta and cheese, bound together in a sticky, crunchy sandwich, for a complete Olive Garden experience.

Not to create any more suspense, here is what you need for a perfect Stuffed Ziti Fritta recipe.


(6 servings)

For the pasta:

  • ½ pound rigatoni (or ziti)
  • water
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

For the filling

  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

to fry

  • 2 large beaten eggs
  • frying oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs


The first bite of this crunchy yet gooey Ziti Fritta makes you think it takes a professional chef to replicate it at home, which it doesn’t. Stuffed Ziti Fritta is super easy to make.

The main thing is to find the right type of short pasta. Both ziti and rigatoni work, as although you want the pasta to be short, it also needs to have a wide opening. You can’t stuff macaroni, right?

Also, the other important thing when cooking pasta is that it’s al dente, so it doesn’t fall apart when you fry it.

Once the pasta is cooked, all that remains is to introduce the cheese mixture and pass the pasta tubes through the egg and breadcrumbs. Fry and serve these delicacies with cheese.

Very easy. Let’s see it step by step.

Step 1:

Cook the pasta al dente, which is usually 2 minutes less than the recommended time. Drain, add olive oil and stir to coat. Note: It is also important to rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking.

Pro Trick: rigatoni will be much easier to fill than ziti. Then you will thank us.

Step 2:

Prepare the cheese filling for the pasta tubes. Add the mozzarella, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan, and Romano cheese to a large bowl and stir to combine. You may have to use a fork to break up large pieces.

Put the mixture in a resealable bag, close it and make a small cut in one corner.

Step 3:

Scoop the cheese mixture onto one side of each pasta tube. Then flip it over and pour out the other side.

Place the filled rigatoni on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.

Pro Trick: if you can, prepare the cheese mixture ahead of time. This will make it smoother and easier to spread.

Step 4:

Prepare 2 breading sheets: one with two beaten eggs and the other with the breadcrumbs plus some Parmesan cheese and optional Italian seasoning.

Coat the stuffed pasta in flour and pass it through the eggs. Next, roll the rigatoni through the breadcrumbs.

Step 5:

Preheat the oil to 350°F and fry 5-6 breaded rigatoni pieces using the slotted spoon. Fry for about 3 minutes until the cheese begins to slowly ooze out.

Line a plate with kitchen paper and place the cooked rigatoni there so that they soak up the oil.

Sprinkle the Stuffed Ziti Fritta with a little parmesan or chopped parsley, and serve with Alfredo sauce or homemade marinara sauce.

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