Baked Ziti

Source:  My Sister

Baked Ziti in dish
Baked Ziti in dish

Baked Ziti

I think you’ll find that Baked Ziti is a lovely recipe. Traditionally, baked ziti is a wonderfully warm baked up version of pasta. As always, pasta tossed together with generous amounts of a nice hearty bolognese, and topped with cheese. But this dish goes a step further. The coated ziti is then heated in the oven, just long enough to melt the cheese and bring all the creamy flavors together. If you comb around on the internet, you’ll find many loose translations of this recipe. It’s been converted to a lasagna in some recipes, and has even been called a casserole!

Let’s clarify

To simplify and not confuse, ziti is a pasta noodle which size wise, is a bit smaller than rigatoni. It has lines down it, giving a nice texture to the noodle. The name “ziti” is translated in Italian to mean “groom” and originally, ziti was over 18″ long. Why would you ever call a noodle a groom? I’m not sure. But I’m not one to question Italian tradition. My feelings on the invention of the baked ziti dish, was to offer something “new and improved” to the pasta menu. It’s a lovely idea. Al-dente pasta, mixed with a nice bolognese, put in a baking dish and topped with cheese. The ziti bakes, the cheese melts and as a nice treat, you can or cannot top with nice buttery rich bread crumbs as a nice finale.

In conclusion, the main story here is that my sister makes this dish all the time and has been infinity happy with it for a while now. It’s easy, its simple, and it’s a wonderful variation to offer your hungry family. Therefore, just honor the Italian tradition and don’t refer to it as a ‘casserole’.

Grazie!

Baked Ziti served on plate
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Baked Ziti

 A great, relative quick dish to feed a hungry family.
Enjoy.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Baking Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta ziti, penne, or another shell pasta that you might like
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese I used tilsiter, but opt for mozzarella, ricotta, etc.
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups tomato sauce I used my quick sauce in the vitamix, otherwise, use a hearty bolognese with meat
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 TBS butter melted for bread crumbs

Instructions

  • In a large stock pot, get water started for the boiling process cook noodles when water is boiling, cook for directed amount of time, drain, set aside.
  • Shred your cheese
    Shredded cheese
  • Beat your eggs and cheese mixture together, set aside until pasta is cooked and drained
    Egg and cheese mixture
  • Add and stir your cooked pasta to the egg/cheese mixture until well coated.
    Mixture with pasta
  • Next, have your sauce ready. In my case, this was the easy sauce which included 2 cans of tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil, a clove or 2 of garlic, 3-4 sprigs of rosemary, a few pinches of salt. Blend in vitamix.
    tomato sauce first step
  • Add your tomato sauce to egg/cheese combo. Stir until well combined.
    pasta with tomato sauce
  • Pour mixture into a nice oiled baking dish. Top with melted butter/bread crumbs, and rest of cheese.
    Pasta with cheese in dish
  • Bake @ 180 Celsius until nice and browned, about 25 minutes
    Baked Ziti in dish
  • Serve and enjoy
    Baked Ziti served on plate
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1 comment

    • marisa gratny on 23/11/2017 at 04:04
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    5 stars
    Made this recently for a friend and he keeps asking me to have him back! Even offered to do the shopping and provide me the ingredients! Yummy and full of flavor… easy too make also.
    Next time I’ll have to teach him how to make it

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