BAKED ZITI

 

  • Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 8-10
  • Preparation Time: 15

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) basil-and-oregano diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Zita and Cheese
  • 1 box (16 ounces) ziti
  • 1 bag (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  • 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 13x9x2 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2. Sauce: Heat oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Stir in whole tomatoes and their juice, breaking tomatoes apart with your hands or a wooden spoon. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, salt, and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • 3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in diced tomatoes and basil.
  • 4. Zita and Cheese. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add ziti; boil 10 minutes, stirring. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add half the sauce to bowl with ziti. Stir to coat. Pour ziti mixture into prepared dish. Top with remaining sauce and then sprinkle with cheeses.
  • 5. Bake at 375 degrees fro 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes.
  • Sausage Variation (10 servings)
  • 1. Sauce. Crumble 1 pound sweet Italian sausage in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook 8 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon. Add onion to pot. cook 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute Stir in whole tomatoes and their juice, breaking tomatoes apart with a wooden spoon. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Remove pan from heat. Stir in sausage, diced tomatoes and basil. Continue with recipe, step 4.

Notes

Categories: Pasta 

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