I'm not sure if there is already an official Italian name for this dish, so do me a favor and make a comment if you know it. Until I hear otherwise, I'm just gonna call it Italian Macaroni & Cheese. It's based on baked ziti, but all I had was macaroni. This is a general recipe, since I didn't measure a single thing. Just throw it together.

Preheat oven to 350F. Cook 1/2 package of macaroni (better yet, use up leftover macaroni, like I did).

In a bowl, mix 1/2 container of ricotta cheese, and like amounts of parmesan and shredded mozzarella (these ingredients were in the neighborhood of 1 cup each). Season with: several leaves of finely chopped fresh basil, about 1T of dried basil and 1T of dried oregano, 1/2tsp each of salt and pepper, one large clove of minced garlic, 1/4 finely chopped onion. Stir in 1 beaten egg. When the cheese mixture is fully mixed up, stir in the cooked macaroni.

Spread the cheese/noodle combo in the bottom of a shallow baking dish; I used an oval baking dish, a 13" x 9" pan probably would work, too. Spread about 2+ cups of your favorite tomato pasta sauce on top. Here's what I used today:

Saute 1/4 of a chopped green pepper and 1/4 of a chopped onion in olive oil, then add 1 cup of tomato puree from a variety of heirloom tomatoes. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. After I spread this atop the noodles, I saw that it was not nearly enough sauce. I poured 1 can of V8 atop everything, and that brought the red to the right amount vs the cheese.

Generously sprinkle the top with with more parmesan cheese, and bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve & enjoy!