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    Baked Ziti With Mini Meatballs

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    1 hr 30 mins

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    petlover's Note:

    This is another baked ziti recipe. If available, use authentic Italian brands of sauce and crushed tomatoes. The italian brands of canned tomatoes are all 28 oz--just use a bit less. When forming the meatballs, test for consistency: the meatball should hold together well. If too soft then add some bread crumbs. If too stiff then add a bit of water. I use a lasagna pan for this ( spray with non-stick spray for easiest cleanup)

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    Serves: 8-10



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    1. 1
      .1. Cook ziti until al dente and then rinse to cool and set aside.
    2. 2
      2. Mix ground meat, onion, bread crumbs, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp basil. Form into small meatballs ( a little less than a walnut). Then cook the meatballs in the olive oil until the meatballs are browned and cooked through. Drain off the fat then set aside.
    3. 3
      3. Mix the ricotta, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp parsley, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 of mozzarella and 1 egg together. Set aside. Then mix the ricotta mixture with the ziti and set aside again.
    4. 4
      4. Mix the jar of pasta sauce and the basil crushed tomatoes together then set aside.
    5. 5
      5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    6. 6
      6. Assemble: 1/3 of the sauce- followed by 1/2 of the ziti/ricotta/mozzarella-followed by the meatballs- then -- 1/3 sauce - followed by the rest of the ziti/ricotta/mozzarella mix- followed by the last 1/3 of the sauce followed by the rest of the mozzarella and sprinkled with the parmesan cheese.
    7. 7
      7. Bake, loosely covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes. Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 31, 2011


      Yum, total tub of love, here! This is one great recipe, and I appreciate the suggestion of using authentic Italian ingredients, this really, really, brings the bar up when you do. My kitchen had the aroma of "Momma G." all the way from the garlic, the parm, and well...all of it. Wish I could add something to the recipe, other then my fork, but that's it. Go for it, and enjoy your afternoon with "Momma G." Bravo, petlover! ZWT 7

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Ziti With Mini Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (235 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 562.3
    Calories from Fat 167
    Total Fat 18.5 g
    Saturated Fat 8.9 g
    Cholesterol 94.5 mg
    Sodium 935.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    Sugars 12.3 g
    Protein 29.4 g

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    tomatoes with basil

    lean ground meat

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