Monday, November 28, 2011
Classic Italian Baked Ziti Recipe
No matter what kind of pasta you use whether it's ziti, penne, rigatoni or bow ties, this classic dish is the ultimate comfort food and all kids and adults go nuts for it here in our Italian family.
Easy to throw together and for outings place in a slow cooker on warm to bring along for any family picnic or function. This is always a great choice!
Traditional Sunday Sauce or store bought around 3 jars of your favorite
2 pounds cooked Sausage and Meatballs mashed together
4 cups Mozzarella Shredded
Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Fresh Parsley for garnish
2 lbs Ricotta Cheese mixed with 2 eggs beaten, 1/4 cup grating cheese, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or use granulated garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and a handful chopped fresh Italian parsley.
2 pounds Ziti Macaroni cooked in salted water and drained to package instructions we like Al dente
Cook pasta, drain. In a large baking dish start to layer with pasta, add ricotta on top, more pasta then sauce, crushed meat mixture, some mozzarella, some grating cheese, more sauce. Continue layering with pasta, ricotta, meats, sauce and cheeses until all used up, ending with mozzarella cheese, more grating cheese and garnish with fresh parsley. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is bubbling and melted.