Surprising Baked Ziti

Recipe by afr0bunny
READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • preheat oven to 350.
  • oil an 8x8 baking dish.
  • cook pasta in salted water for 7 min, drain, and tinse.
  • heat 1 1/2 tbsp of the oil in a pan over med- low heat.
  • cook onion until it becomes translucent.
  • add garlic and cook it for 30 sec.
  • add tomato, salt, and bay leaf.
  • raise heat to medium.
  • simmer mixture for 10 min or until it gets very thick.
  • remove the bay leaf and stir in 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • in a bowl, combine the pesto, half the parmesan, the ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and the remaining black pepper.
  • put 1/2 of the pasta in the baking dish.
  • top with 1/3 of the sauce.
  • spread entire cheese mixture evenly over the sauce.
  • cover with the remaining pasta, sauce, and cheese.
  • drizzle 1/2 tbsp olive oil over the top layer of cheese.
  • bake until bubbling (about 30 min).
  • let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting.
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