Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Baked Ziti
Author: Meet The Foodies
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Baked Ziti
  • 28 0z crushed tomatoes
  • 6 0z. tomato paste
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 16 oz. small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 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 1/2 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 13×9 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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  1. I LOVE Italian food. I make Bolognese or Marinara sauce every couple of weeks and would eat Italian food every day if I had my way. One of my favorite dishes is Baked Ziti. Prior to moving to Texas, I had dinner at an event where I ate what was for me, the best Baked Ziti ever. I have had this dish in many restaurants and have made it myself but the dining experience was never the same. Until now. Now, if you can find ziti pasta, please, by all means, use that. I have not been able to find it so I use penne or rigatoni. I hope this becomes a recipe that you come back to when you want some good old Italian comfort food.

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