Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baked Ziti

This recipe is really good to serve at a kid's birthday party. You can just put it out on sterno and leave it.

1 pound dried ziti pasta
Kosher salt
3 1/2 cups any marinara sauce
1 pound fresh mozzarella, half cut into 1/2-inch cubes and half thinly sliced
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes

1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously, and boil the pasta until al dente.

2. Toss the cooked pasta with the marinara sauce, cubed mozzarella, half the Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and pepper flakes.

3. Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover the top of the pasta with the sliced mozzarella, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Bake until lightly browned and hot, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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