Monday, October 27, 2014

Recipe Monday: Baked Ziti

My love for pasta runs deep. My love for cheese, well, it may run even deeper. And lucky for me, this recipe has a lot of both.

Cheesy Baked Ziti

The cast of characters (aka) The Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Minced Garlic (or 3 cloves if you use the real stuff)
  • 1 Large Onion, Diced
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 can (28 Oz.) Whole Tomatoes, With Juice
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Tomato Sauce Or Marinara Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces, weight Ziti Or Mostaciolli, Cooked Until Not Quite Al Dente
  • 1 tub (15 Oz. Size) Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1-1/2 pound Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • Fresh Minced Parsley (for garnish) 
The let me take a photo of everything I do steps. 

Start as you would with any pasta dish … boil it … but make sure you take it out at al dente (a little bite to it)
 While the pasta boils, chop an onion. And if your me, cry like crazy because they burn your eyes.
 Saute the onion and garlic in a big ol' pot until the onions start to soften.
 Once their softened, add the italian sausage and brown that goodness.
 While that's browning, drain your pasta and douse it in cole water so it stops cooking.
Now your sausage should be brown, make sure it's good and crumbled and add the ground beef.
Brown all of that yumminess together!
 Add your can of whole tomatoes.
 Then the marinara sauce.
 Then add all that yummy spice: red pepper, italian, salt, pepper.
 Mix all that yumminess up and get it going. Leave it alone and let it simmer about 30 minutes.
 Now, let's get down to the real good stuff. Add your ricotta, 2 cups of mozzarella, parmesan cheese, your egg and salt and pepper.
Then give it a little mix to combine it all, but it should still be lumpy.
 Then coat them noodles in all of that yumminess!
 Once the sauce is finished simmering, spoon 1-2 cups sauce into the noodle mixture and combine.
 Yum.
 Coat your pan in cooking spray and then layer half the coated pasta in a big ol' dish.
 Then slather half the remaining sauce on top.
 And then cover that with half of the remaining mozz cheeeeeeeeeese!
 Yep, you guessed it. Next add the rest of the remaining pasta and pat it down real good.
 Then another layer of sauce and cheese.
 Then bake that bad boy in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until good and bubbly. I cover mine half way and then remove the foil so the top of the cheese doesn't get too brown.

Then sprinkle with a little fresh parsley to make it all pretties and serve it up!!! Nom Nom Nom.

Enjoy!!!
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1 comment:

  1. cheese+pasta=YES! I seriously don't know how you stay so tiny with all this amazing food that you cook!!

    -AJ

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