Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

(Serve with Garlic Toast and Green Salad)

2 Tbs. Olive Oil1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
3 Cloves Garlic, mincedSalt and Pepper, to taste
1 whole large Onion, diced16oz. weight Ziti or Mastaciolli, cooked until not quite Al Dente
1 lb. Italian Sausage1 15oz. tub Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1 lb. Ground Beef1 1/2 lb. Mozz. Cheese, grated
1 28oz. can Whole Tomatoes, with juice1/2 c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 14.5oz. cans Tomato Sauce or Marinara1 Whole Egg
2 tsp. Italian SeasoningFresh Minced Parsley

Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for several minutes, or until starting to soften. Add italian sausage and ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off fat, leaving a bit for flavor and moisture.

Add tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, pepper, italian seasonings, and red pepper flakes. Stir and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. After that time, remove 3 to 4 cups to seperate bowl to cool down. Preheat oven to 375.

In seperate bowl mix together ricotta cheese, 2 c. of grated mozz, parmesan, egg, salt and pepper. Don't mix completely. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water to stop cooking and to cool. Pour into bowl with mixture of cheese and toss to slightly combine. (should still be lumps) Then add cooled meat sauce and combine.

Add half the coated pasta to large casserole or lasagna dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over top, then top with half the remaining half of mozz cheese. Repeat with another layer of pasta, sauce, then mozzarella.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

From Pioneer Woman


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Would this be okay to freeze? If so, how would you suggest cooking it once frozen? Thanks. Excited to try the recipe.

By Anonymous (not verified)

I haven't ever frozen this recipe but I have frozen similar ones.

To freeze: don't completely cook your pasta, it will continue cooking when you bake it. Cook in the oven at 375 directly from the freezer, keeping it covered for about 45 minutes then removing the top for another 15 minutes, or until it bubbles in the middle.

Let me know how it works out!

By jayme

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