Baked Ziti Recipe…Best Ever!
Every once in a while I like to make something a little more elaborate, and when a friend of mine posted this to her Pinterest wall it looked delicious, and I couldn’t resist. Here’s a recipe with process photos for a nice baked ziti!
Baked Ziti Recipe
- 1 tbsp parsley, fresh
- 1 egg, large
- 4 cup(s) homemade tomato sauce (I cheated and used Ragu)
- 1 package (16 oz.) ziti
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, coarsely ground
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, part-skim
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese, part-skim
- 8 frozen meatballs, lean (the recipe recommends making your own meatballs, I substituted sweet Italian sausage)
Start by preparing your ziti (or penne, they are pretty much the same thing). I like to bring the water to a rolling boil, then add the pasta, wait until it boils again, then start a timer for 12 minutes.
While the pasta cooks, you should be cooking your protein. I used sweet Italian sausage but you could easily use ground beef, chicken, meatballs, or any number of other meats. I just browned it in a pan:
At the same time the pasta and protein are cooking, heat up 3 cups of your sauce in a saucepan:
Once the pasta is nice and al dente, drain it:
and set the oven to 400 degrees.
Now toss the warm pasta with 3 cups of the sauce, reserving one cup for later:
In a bowl, while the meat finishes cooking, start with the ricotta:
Then add the parmesan:
To that, add an egg, and the spices (fresh parsley, salt and pepper):
Then, beat all of those ingredients together until they form a doughlike consistency:
Then, layer the ingredients in a casserole dish. Start with half of the pasta:
Then add the protein:
Then the cheese mix:
Then the rest of the pasta:
Followed by the rest of the sauce and the shredded mozarella. When the ziti is ready to go in the oven it should look something like this:
After it’s in the oven for 25 minutes, it will look more like this:
Serve warm, and enjoy!
Original recipe on Good Housekeeping.