Friday, August 6, 2010

Baked Ziti

There are so many comforting dishes that involve pasta, but certainly none of them like this one! I suggest you to try this recipe. It is easy, fast and DELICIOUS!!!!!


1 lb. whole milk or 1% cottage cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
Table salt
1 lb. ziti
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
20 oz. turkey Italian sausage
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
5 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
1 tsp. sugar
Ground black pepper
3/4 tsp. cornstarch
1 cup heavy cream (or whole milk)
8 oz. low-moisture mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch pieces


Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350° F. Whisk cottage cheese, eggs, and 1 cup Parmesan together in a medium bowl; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta; cook until pasta begins to soften but is not yet cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Drain the pasta and leave in colander.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Crumble in the turkey sausage and cook until nearly browned. Add in the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the onion is softened and the sausage is completely browned. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and oregano; simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 1/2 cup basil and the sugar, and season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl stir together the cornstarch and heavy cream. Transfer the mixture to the now-empty stockpot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, 3-4 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and add the cottage cheese mixture, 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce and 3/4 cup mozzarella. Stir to combine. Add the pasta and toss to coat thoroughly with the sauce.

Transfer the pasta to a 9×13″ baking dish and spread the remaining tomato sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan over the top. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil from the pan and continue to cook until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes longer. Cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons basil and serve.

Source: Recipe Courtesy of "Annie's Eats"


Annie said...

Un plato delicioso ideal para el frio que tenemos.

Claudia Varleta said...

Que rico se ve y como tu dices es fácil de preparar.

The Shulls said...

Ideal para cuando tienes invitados a comer o toda la familia (lo haces el dia anterior y horneas justo antes de que lleguen). Quedaran como reinas :) Se los recomiendo!!

Anonymous said...

YES! Wish I'd hate this recipe last weekend, when I made an unfortunately lackluster baked ziti from No herbs whatsoever -- just meat, cheese, and noodles. I should have known!

This looks MUCH better :)

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

Hilda said...

Estupenda receta, ideal para adelantar la comida cuando hay trabajo y poco tiempo.

The Shulls said...

Julie, I love your blog! Thanks for visiting my blog. You should try this recipe, you won't regret it... it is really, really good!! :)

Hilda, totalmente de acuerdo! Muchos besos para ti tambien :)