Baked Ziti

Everybody likes lasagna, but nobody wants to make lasagna. Personally, I don’t think there’s any reason to do it when you can make ziti, lasagna’s lazier, but equally tasty little brother.

Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 13″ x 9″ casserole (8 servings or so)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb box of ziti or penne (I used penne since it’s what I had)
  • 1 lb of ground beef (optional)
  • 12 – 16 oz of ricotta cheese (You can buy it from the store, however I made fresh ricotta before cooking which is unbelievably easy to do and it made this taste 50 times better.)
  • 12 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil
  • One onion (I actually only used half, but use however much you like)
  • Three – six garlic cloves (Again, to taste, but I used 6)
  • Parmesan (optional)
  • Two 28 oz cans of peeled whole tomatoes (Preferably San Marzano tomatoes, but use what you can get)
  • 1 Tsp dry basil
  • 1 Tsp dry oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tsp chili flakes (optional)

Continue reading Baked Ziti