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    Baked Ziti

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    *That Girl*'s Note:

    This is a great recipe for cold days when you crave something warm and delicious. It makes a ton but both the sauce and the pasta freeze well. I am a "dump cook" and don't have exact measures for my sauce recipe - the recipe below is my estimation of what I would use. My family loves it when I make this and the smell of the sauce simmering all afternoon is wonderful!!

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    Pasta Mixture


    1. 1
      Begin by preparing sauce as follows: In a large dutch oven, saute onions and garlic in olive oil 1 or 2 minutes.
    2. 2
      Empty all four cans of crushed tomatoes into pot.
    3. 3
      Add basil, oregano, salt, crushed red pepper and brown sugar.
    4. 4
      Stir, bring to a boil and let simmer about 20 minutes.
    5. 5
      Stir sauce (this is when I usually will"taste adjust" any ingredients such as brown sugar and salt).
    6. 6
      Add meatballs that have just been browned and uncooked itailian sausage.
    7. 7
      Cover and simmer sauce for about 1 1/2- 2 hrs.
    8. 8
      About 10 minutes before sauce is done, mix ricotta cheese, eggs and parmesan cheese in a large bowl.
    9. 9
      Add about 2 1/2 cups of sauce to the cheese mixture and mix well.
    10. 10
      (Keep remaining sauce with meatballs and sausage warm).
    11. 11
      Toss cooked ziti with cheese/sauce mixture and spoon into a 9x13 inch baking pan.
    12. 12
      (you may need a larger pan or more than 1 pan).
    13. 13
      Sprinkle pasta with mozzarella cheese.
    14. 14
      Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hr.
    15. 15
      Serve pasta with the extra sauce, meatballs and sausage ladled over top of each serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 03, 2010

      This sauce is delicious. My family loves it. I use this recipe all the time, whether I'm making baked ziti or another pasta. Everyone asks me how I made the sauce. Thanks for a great recipe.

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    • on June 04, 2004


      this was super, kids and hubby love it, i made this with her mock cheese sticks

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    • on June 01, 2004


      i made this just as at was written and it was great!! i loved that the ziti was so rich and creamy with the cheese sauce and then the sauce with the meatballs and sausage was perfect spooned all over it. yum! this will go on the monthly rotation. thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Ziti

    Serving Size: 1 (449 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 716.3
    Calories from Fat 213
    Total Fat 23.6 g
    Saturated Fat 11.5 g
    Cholesterol 103.6 mg
    Sodium 1516.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 95.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
    Sugars 17.0 g
    Protein 32.3 g

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