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Spring-Summer Ziti Recipe

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

MaryBeth Madden
Added: Monday, June 1, 2009


2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
3 Large Shallots, thinly sliced
3 Large Cloves Garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 Can San Marzano Plum Tomatoes (28 Ounces)
Salt and Pepper
4 Stems Fresh Tarragon, leaves removed, then chopped
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil, thinly sliced (10 leaves)
1 Pound Ziti with Lines
1 Pound Asparagus, trimmed off woody ends, then chopped at an angle into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 Cup Frozen Peas
1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, divided
1/2 Pound Fresh Mozzarella, thinly sliced

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to boil to cook pasta.

Place a medium size, high-sided skillet on the stove with 2 tablespoons EVOO over medium heat. Saute the shallots and garlic for 3-4 minutes, then stir in the tomatoes and crush them with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 5 minutes more, then stir in the tarragon and basil and turn off the heat.

While the sauce is simmering, add salt to the boiling water and cook the pasta to just under al dente. After the pasta has been cooking for 5 minutes, add in the asparagus and frozen peas. (this will be about a minute or two before draining). Drain the pasta and vegetables.

Add the ricotta and half of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to the empty hot pasta pot. Add the hot pasta back into the pot and stir to coat the pasta evenly with the cheese mixture.

Pour half the sauce into a large baking dish. Add all of the ziti to the dish and top with the remaining sauce. Dot the top of the ziti with the mozzarella and the remaining Parmigiano Reggiano. Place the ziti in the oven until the top is brown and bubbly, about 12 minutes.

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45-60 Minutes




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