9.24.2009

Easy dinner: Baked Ziti

Yes, I use penne instead of ziti, but "baked penne" doesn't have the same ring. Feel free to substitute ziti if you'd like.

Baked Ziti

1 lb penne
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2 T fresh or 1 t dried basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1/4 t sugar
1 t salt + more for pasta cooking water
1/3 c grated Parmesan
8 oz mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375.

Boil penne in salted water.

Heat 1 T olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic until it begins to turn golden (about 2 minutes). Stir in crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes with juice. Cook sauce until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in sugar, 1 t salt, and basil.

Add drained pasta to sauce and stir thoroughly. Add half to a 13x9 in. casserole dish. Top with half of the mozzarella and half of the parmesan. Add the rest of the pasta and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

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