Saturday, June 4, 2016

Baked Ziti

1 lb dried ziti pasta
Kosher salt
3-1/2 cups marinara sauce
1 lb fresh mozzarella--half in 1/2-inch cubes and half thinly sliced
3/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 tsp pepper
pinch red pepper flakes

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Boil pasta in salted water until al dente.  Toss with marinara sauce, cubed mozzarella, half the parmesan cheese, black pepper, and red pepper.

3.  Put pasta in oiled 9x13" baking dish.  Cover the top with sliced mozzarella and sprinkle with remaining parmesan.

4.  Bake until lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Marinara sauce:
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp diced onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
28-oz can whole, peeled tomatoes in puree, roughly chopped.
sprig fresh thyme, basil
2 tsp kosher salt
black pepper

Sauté garlic and onions for 3 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

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