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Baked Ziti (From Food Network)

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Introduction

Typical baked ziti recipe from the US for Sopranos fans.

Ingredients

Serves: 4

For the Pasta

  • ½ kilogram ziti pasta
  • kosher salt (coarse cooking salt)
  • 875 millilitres tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 510 grams mozzarella (half cut into 1/2 inch cubes and half sliced)
  • 188 millilitres grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes

For the Quick Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 510 grams italian sausages (sweet and or spicey, with skin removed and crumbled)
  • ¼ medium diced onion
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 875 millilitres roughly chopped tinned tomatoes (plum tomatoes)
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 freshly ground pepper
  • 1 sprig fresh basil

Method

Baked Ziti (From Food Network) is a community recipe submitted by ilana78 and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. (200 degrees C.)
  • 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, half the Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and pepper flakes.
  • Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9 by 13-inch(22cm by 33cm) 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.
  • Quick 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. U
  • se now or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Additional Information

    Copyright 2004 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved Yield: about 5 cups (You can use any recipe for tomato sauce you like. The above is just a suggestion.) Prep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

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