The first dish I ever made on my own, and the one I still make most often, is Baked Ziti. Its quick prep time and low cost makes it a go-to when I'm in the mood for something equally simple and filling.
16 oz. Ziti Noodles
16 oz. Jar of Tomato Sauce
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
1 cup of fresh/dried Oregano or Basil
Fill a pot with 5 quarts of water and bring to a boil before adding the noodles and stirring for 30 seconds. As the noodles cook for about 7 minutes combine the tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, about 3 handfuls of mozzarella cheese, and herbs into an oven-safe bowl.
Once the noodles have been drained and added to the mixture, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When all ingredients have mixed thoroughly with one another, sprinkle 2 handfuls of mozzarella cheese across the top and put in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
When the dish has finished cooking enjoy amongst friends and family, or feed yourself for the next few days.