Baked Ziti
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Italian sausages, uncooked
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 28 oz diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ziti or penne
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1½ cup ricotta chesee
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup parmesan, grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped for garnish
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Heat canola oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes, until the onion starts to soften.
  2. Add the sausage and beef, breaking it up with a masher or spoon. Saute until it's cooked through and is starting to brown nicely.
  3. Add thyme, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and any juice, stirring occasionally for 25 minutes. Remove from heat, seat aside to cool slightly.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  6. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just short of al dente. Drain the pasta and reserve.
  7. In a large bowl, combine ¾ of the mozzarella, ricotta, egg, salt and a pinch of pepper. Mix well and toss in the pasta. Add the meat mixture and toss all ingredients to combine.
  8. Spray a casserole dish or large cast iron pan with cooking spray. Pour the mixture in and top the ziti with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Garnish with parsley & rosemary.
Recipe by | Bakersbeans (Wanda Baker) at https://www.bakersbeans.ca/baked-ziti/