Authentic Baked Ziti

Recipe by agentseven
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • SAUCE.
  • Remove the sausage casings and crumble the sausage.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a pan, and brown the sausage.
  • Puree the tomatoes in a blender (not too much).
  • Add onions and garlic to now-browned sausage. Cook for a few more minutes until transparent.
  • Add your tomato puree to the sausage.
  • Add thyme and basil to sauce.
  • Add some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add a generous pinch of the pepper flakes.
  • Stir this up, heat to near-boil, then let it simmer covered on low for 15 minutes.
  • BUILDING THE DISH.
  • Boil your ziti pasta to not quite al-dente. Don't overboil, pasta will soften while baking.
  • Cut the mozarella, half of it into 1/2 inch cubes, the other half in as thin of slices as you can manage.
  • Remove the herb sprigs from the sauce and discard.
  • Add the can of tomato paste to your sauce to thicken it up and give it a lively red color and more intense flavor.
  • Add the pasta, your sauce, the cubed mozarella and half the parmesan in a baking dish.
  • Top with the sliced mozarella and the remainder of the parmesan.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until golden.
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