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Baked Ziti

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Level: Easy

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12

Description

Saucy, creamy baked lusciousness.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 can (28 Ounce Can) Whole Tomatoes, With Juice
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Tomato Sauce Or Marinara Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces, weight Ziti Or Mostaciolli, Cooked Until Not Quite Al Dente
  • 1 tub (15 Ounce) Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1-½ pound Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 whole Egg
  • Fresh Minced Parsley

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for several minutes, or until starting to soften. Add Italian sausage and ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off fat, leaving a bit behind for flavor and moisture.

Add tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Stir and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. After that time, remove 3 to 4 cups of the sauce to a different bowl to cool down.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the grated mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, and salt and pepper. Stir together just a couple of times (do not mix completely).

Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking and cool it down. Pour it into the bowl with the cheese mixture and toss to slightly combine (there should still be large lumps.) Add the cooled meat sauce and toss to combine.

Add half the coated pasta to a large casserole dish or lasagna dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over the top, then top with half the remaining mozzarella cheese. Repeat with another layer of the coated pasta, the sauce, and the mozzarella.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

(Sprinkle chopped parsley over the pasta before serving!)

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Sandy Givens on 4.20.2014

I would guess that this could be made ahead and frozen, like a lasagna?

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ashley on 2.13.2014

the recipe calls for 1-1/2 pounds of cheese not cups

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Mary Ann Wheeler on 2.12.2014

This looks great, and I can’t wait to try it. Ingredient list calls for 1 1/2 cup mozzarella, but instructions say add 2 cups to pasta mixture and then add 1/2 of remaining to layered pan and the rest on top. How much cheese do you need, total?

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Maggie Martin on 2.25.2014

This was amazing! It was the first time I’ve ever made baked ziti and it turned out beautifully. My husband and kids (4 and 15 months) both loved it! I loved it too. It was very easy to follow and super easy to make. I just used ground beef because that’s what I had and it still tasted amazing. This is going to become a family regular, no doubt! It is so filling and delicious. I’m very pleased with it :)

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Amy Weison on 2.20.2014

This recipe is wonderful and has been added to our list of family favorites! My 8 year old daughter made this for our family and was so proud!!

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Nicola on 9.3.2013

This was a great recipe!I loved it, it was easy, I had most of the ingredients on hand and it filled up my hungry family!

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lisad on 12.22.2012

This baked ziti was easy to put together and delicious! In fact, my family has requested that it take the place of our usual Christmas Eve lasagna. So, this year–baked ziti it is!

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jeeper on 12.20.2012

Delicious! My husband loved it and has requested it since. I used ground venison instead of the beef and it tasted great.

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