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I Made It!

September 8, 2012

A short while ago, one of my friends on Twitter said she was going to make baked ziti; it’s a classic which I don’t think I’ve ever really worked with, so I decided to try it. After a couple passes, I made

Baked Ziti

baked ziti with Italian sausage and peppers.

It’s actually a pretty straightforward preparation. Start with a 28-ounce can of whole tomatoes and pulse it a few times in the food processor until there are no large chunks left. Take a pound of Italian sausage — about four links — and remove the casings. Lightly brown it in a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, squashing and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Stir in six cloves of minced garlic and half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Add in the tomatoes and simmer for about ten minutes.

Towards the end of the simmering, place a rack in the center of the oven and start it heating to 475 ºF. When the tomatoes are done simmering, add a cup and a half of water, half a pound of dried ziti, and a red bell pepper, chopped into half-inch pieces. Bring the mixture to a rapid simmer and cook, covered but stirring every few minutes, for about fifteen minutes, until the ziti is just barely tender.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in an ounce of grated parmesan, a third cup of heavy cream, a quarter cup of chopped fresh basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle over the top six ounces of shredded mozzarella, and place into the oven to bake until the cheese melts and browns.

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  1. September 11, 2012 10:00

    So, when are you compiling these recipes into an ebook I can download?? This looks fanTAStic. And I am actually looking for something tasty to make soon, just might try this. (ps. I can still comment on here, I hope? I am a huge fan of your cooking, you know.)

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