Friday, April 23, 2010

Baked Ziti

So, I've never found a homemade baked ziti that I really loved. Too much ricotta, and that whole egg thing, and just not enough sauce, or flavor for that matter. Ryan and I have gone through several recipes, to no real pleasure. The pinnacle of our adoration, however, is Sal's Pizza's version, which is super saucy, super cheesy, and just really damn good. Here was our latest- and first truly successful attempt at replication:

Baked Ziti a la Sal's:

1 Box ziti or penne
1 bag shredded mozzarella
half a ball of mozzarella
1 small container ricotta
parmesan and pecorino for grating
homemade pasta sauce (see our recipe)- large amount
tomato paste- to thicken sauce
red wine- for sauce
2 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
fresh oregano

-Boil and drain the pasta. Place a layer of pasta, then top with shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan and pecorino, pour in sauce, and place dollops of ricotta. Salt and pepper generously, sprinkle with oregano.

-Add another layer, repeating procedure.
-On top layer, add slices of mozzarella along with all other cheeses, and sprinkle garlic into cheese.

Bake @ 350 for approx 35 minutes, until cheese begins to brown!!

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