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Baked Ziti

Prep
Cook
Serves 12people
Ingredients
Ziti
1
lb dried ziti pasta
Kosher salt
3 1/2
cups Quick Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
1
lb fresh mozzarella, half cut into 1/2-inch cubes and half thinly sliced
3/4
cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
1/2
tsp freshly ground black pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
Quick Tomato Sauce
2
tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1
lb sweet and or spicy Italian sausages, casing removed and crumbled
1/4
medium onion, diced (about 3 tablespoons)
3
cloves garlic, chopped
3 1/2
cup whole, peeled, canned tomatoes in puree, (one 28-ounce can), roughly chopped
Sprig fresh thyme
Sprig fresh basil
2
tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
1.
Baked Ziti
2.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
3.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously, and boil the pasta until al dente, tender but still slightly firm. Drain.
4.
Toss the cooked pasta with the tomato sauce, cubed mozzarella, half the Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Transfer the pasta to an oiled (I use cooking spray) 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Cover the top of the pasta with the sliced mozzarella, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
5.
Bake until lightly browned and hot, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
6.
Quick Tomato Sauce
7.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
8.
Cook the sausage until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.
9.
Add the onion and garlic, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more.
10.
Add the tomatoes and the herb sprigs and bring to a boil.
11.
Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
12.
Remove and discard the herb sprigs. Stir in the salt and season with pepper, to taste.
13.
Use now or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.

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