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Baked Ziti Recipe

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This recipe for Baked Ziti, by , is from The Otey Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.


Added: Sunday, September 16, 2007


Tomato Sauce;
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb hamburger
1/4 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 1/2 c whole, peeled, canned tomatoes in puree
fresh thyme
fresh basil
2 tsp salt
1 lb dried ziti pasta
3 1/2 c tomato sauce
1 lb fresh mozzarella, half cut into 1/2 inch cubes and half sliced
3/4 c parmesan cheese, grated and divided
Pinch red pepper flakes

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Cook hamburger until brown. Add the onion, garlic stirring until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes and the herb sprigs and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the herb springs. Stir in the salt and season with pepper to taste. Bring a large pot of water to a boil , salt generously and boil the pasta until al dente, tender but still slightly firm. Drain. Toss the cooked pasta with the marinara sauce, cubed mozzarella and half the parmesan cheese, black pepper and pepper flakes. Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cover the top of the pasta with the sliced mozzarella, and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Bake until lightly browned and hot about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.




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