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Oct 24, 2006 08:36 PM

Anyone have yummy Baked Ziti recipes?

I'm trying to find a really good Baked Ziti recipe, but for some reason I'm having no luck. Anyone have any great baked ziti recipes?

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  1. If you go lighter on the ricotta cheese, grilled zucchini tossed into the casserole dish will stand up to the other strong flavors and adds a nice crunch.

    1. This is a hearty winter baked ziti... from Mark Bittman's Mimialist column a few years ago... A crowd pleaser, not too fancy, but solid and satisfying and fairly easy.

      Time: about an hour

      Salt and pepper
      1 pound Italian sausage, preferably bulk or ground meat of
      any type, or a combination
      1 large onion, diced
      1 tablespoon minced garlic
      1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped, with liquid
      1 pound ziti or other large cut pasta
      1 pound mozzarella, grated or chopped
      Olive oil or butter as needed
      1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

      1. Bring large pot of water to boil; salt it. Heat oven to 400

      2. Distribute meat in large skillet over medium high heat
      and cook, undisturbed, until browned on one side, about 5
      minutes. Stir, cook another 2 minutes undisturbed, then add
      the onion and garlic, if using. Lower heat to medium and
      continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables
      are soft; add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer while
      cooking pasta, stirring and seasoning with salt and pepper
      to taste; do not let sauce become too thick.

      3. Cook pasta until just tender; it should still be too
      hard to eat. Drain it (do not shake the colander; allow
      some water to cling to the noodles) and toss it with the
      sauce and half the mozzarella. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking
      dish and spoon mixture into it. Top with remaining
      mozzarella and the Parmesan if using. Bake until top is
      browned and cheese bubbly, 20 to 30 minutes.

      Yield: 6 servings.

      1. To second what HillJ said, go easy on the ricotta. Also, add cubed mozzarella to the pasta and mix. Then top with additional mozzarella and parm. cheese and bake till bubbling on top.

        2 Replies
        1. re: ESNY

          That's a good recipe above - as an alternative, use meatballs cut in half instead of the Italian sausage.

          1. re: bobbyperu

            Ooh I love the idea of meatballs in baked ziti! Don't know why I never thought of that...

        2. Mine is easy and meatless but classic: make a quick marinara by processing TJ's canned plum tomatoes (32 oz.), fry 1 minced onion and 4 large minced cloves garlic in evoo, add tomatoes, big pinch red pep flakes, 1/2 tsp sugar & salt, simmer 20 min.
          Cook ziti very al dente, mix with whole milk mozzarela, whole milk ricotta and sauce. Top with fresh ground parm and bake at 350 until all the mozz. is melted.

          1. I like to add some fried eggplant, cut into strips. We used to call that Ziti Sicillian