Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti
Cuisine: Baked Ziti
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 28 0z crushed tomatoes
  • 6 0z. tomato paste
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 16 oz. small curd cottage cheese
  • 1½ cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cut into small squares (do not use shredded mozzarella)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Boil water and add pasta. Cook until it is softened; about 6 minutes and drain reserving ½ of the water.
  3. Combine cottage cheese, eggs and parmesan and set aside.
  4. Heat oil and garlic until tender but do not allow to brown.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste and oregano and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Add cornstarch to cream and heat until it begins to thicken. Allow to cool slightly and then add to cottage cheese mixture.
  7. Combine cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup of sauce to pasta and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Pour pasta into 13x9 casserole, spoon tomato sauce over top and dot with remaining mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan and remaining basil.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  10. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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