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1 hr 15 mins
This baked ziti is absolutely delicious and whenever I make people come back for thirds! Since it is a bit involved for me, I usually make one to bake immediately and freeze another pan to cook later, so this recipe makes two pans. Fresh basil is essential to get the right flavor.
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- 3 large zucchini
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 lb ziti pasta or 1 lb penne
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 (28 ounce) cans tomatoes (if whole, slice before cooking)
- 1/4 cup basil leaves, in strips
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
- 1Boil water and cook the ziti according to package directions.
- 2While it is cooking, follow next steps.
- 3When it is done, drain and set aside in large bowl (or pot).
- 4Slice the zucchini.
- 5In a skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil and fry the zucchini until browned on both sides.
- 6Take them out of the pan and drain on paper towels.
- 7In a saucepan, heat the remaining 1/4 cup oil.
- 8Add the onion and cook until translucent.
- 9Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
- 10Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt and pepper.
- 11Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
- 12Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 13Pour into large bowl with the drained ziti.
- 14Rub two shallow baking pans with olive oil.
- 15In the first pan, put 1/4 of the ziti, then 1/4 of the zucchini.
- 16Dot with butter, add 1/4 of the mozzarella and then 1/4 of the Parmesan.
- 17Repeat the layers in that pan.
- 18Repeat above steps for second pan.
- 19Bake pans in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes until the top is brown and crusty.
- 20OR BAKE ONE, FREEZE ONE!
- 21OR FREEZE BOTH: Cover the other pan tightly with aluminum foil and freeze.
- 22Defrost before baking.
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Nutritional Facts for Zucchini Baked Ziti
Serving Size: 1 (457 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 590.0
- Calories from Fat 279
- Total Fat 31.0 g
- Saturated Fat 11.8 g
- Cholesterol 48.3 mg
- Sodium 494.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 57.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
- Sugars 10.8 g
- Protein 22.9 g