Hey there, fellow foodies! Let me tell you about a little magic trick I whip up in my kitchen on the regular — a divine dish known as Baked Ziti. Sounds simple right? Well, it is, but lemme tell you, it eats like a five-star meal you’d expect from a glitzy Italian eatery.
Okay, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of it. First off, gather your ingredients. You’ll need some ziti pasta – that’s the big brother of penne, for the novices out there. And talk about the Godfather of cheese you just can’t refuse – ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. Toss in a little garlic, an onion or two, and my secret weapon (shhh, it’s Italian sausage).
With all ingredients assembled like soldiers ready for battle, next, you kick-start the procedure, preheating the oven, boiling pasta, and getting your sauces in a dance! Just remember folks, cooking’s no rocket science; it’s the art of creating edible love.
While the pasta bubbles merrily away, it’s time to sweat those onions, sizzle the garlic, and marry it all together with the sausage. Speaking of which, if properly cooked, that sausage could make a shoe taste good! Ah, and the aroma, folks. It’s a thing of beauty and a joy forever!
Once your pasta’s al dente, mix it with your rich tomato sauce, layer it with your cheese blend – don’t skimp on that mozzarella now! Trust me, the golden, bubbly, luscious layer of cheese on top is heavenly!
Slide it into your hot oven, sit back, and watch this wonder go from pale and interesting to golden and irresistible. Ready in a flash, and voila! You’ve got yourself a meal that will make your taste buds dance the tarantella!
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Let’s Make It!
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take one pound of Ziti pasta and boil it in salted water until it’s al dente, around 7 to 8 minutes. Then drain it.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
- Add in one finely chopped onion and two cloves of minced garlic, cooking until fragrant and translucent.
- Next, add in one pound of Italian sausage (out of the casing) and cook until it’s no longer pink.
- Pour in a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes, add salt and pepper to taste, then leave it to simmer for about 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, the tomato and sausage mixture, one cup of ricotta cheese, and one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Mix until the pasta is coated evenly.
- Transfer it all into a baking dish and top it with an additional cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese for good measure.
- Pop the dish into the preheated oven, uncovered, and bake it for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, check to see if the cheese has melted and turned bubbly and golden. If not, give it a few more minutes.
- Let it stand for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven, then serve up and enjoy your heavenly homemade Baked Ziti!
That Was Quick!