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Baked Ziti Recipe

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

Angela Johnson
Added: Sunday, August 3, 2008


1 lb. dried ziti pasta
Hard salt (Like from a sea salt grinder)
3 1/2 cups Quick Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, half cut into 1/2-inch cubes and half thinly sliced
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes

Quick Tomato Sauce:
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. sweet and or spicy Italian sausages, casing removed and crumbled
1/4 medium onion, diced (about 3 tablespoons)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 1/2 cups whole, peeled, canned tomatoes in puree, (one 28-ounce can), roughly chopped
Sprig fresh thyme
Sprig fresh basil
2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously, and boil the pasta until al dente. Drain.

Tomato sauce: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more. 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 sprigs. Stir in the salt and season with pepper, to taste.

Toss the cooked pasta with the Quick Tomato Sauce, cubed mozzarella, half the Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and pepper flakes. Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9 by 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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