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Baked Ziti

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: dinner
Servings: 6
Author: Guy Fieri

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
  • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ziti or penne
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella grated
  • 1 1/2 cup ricotta chesee
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley for garnish
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped for garnish
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add thyme, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and any juice, stirring occasionally for 25 minutes. Remove from heat, seat aside to cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just short of al dente. Drain the pasta and reserve.
  • In a large bowl, combine 3/4 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Garnish with parsley & rosemary.