Creative Cooking Italian Recipe
Katelyn's Pictorial Baked Ziti
The following is my Italian recipe that I made in Creative Cooking in March 2013. I chose to make Baked Ziti because I've never made anything like it before and I wanted to try something new. Also, it seemed to please my picky group mates the most. The pictures below show the creation of my Baked Ziti from start to finish.
This recipe serves 4 people.
- 1/2 lb. ziti pasta
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 large onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 Tbs. rosemary
- 1/2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 jar (16 oz.) marinara sauce
- 1/4 lb. mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 heaping cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- stock pot
- glass casserole dish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Boil water in a large stock pot, covered. Add pasta and reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered for approximately 8 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta in a colander.
Finely chop the onion and garlic. Mince the rosemary and measure out the Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the ground beef, and saute until browned on medium-high.
Add the onions to the beef and saute until the onions start to brown. Next add the garlic, rosemary, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to the mixture. Cook all together for 1 minute.
Add tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
Cover bottom of the casserole dish with a thin layer of the tomato sauce mixture. Next, dot this sauce with half of the total ricotta cheese. Mix part of the the tomato sauce with the ziti, leaving enough sauce left over to cover the top of the dish. Add the pasta with tomato sauce to the casserole dish. Cover the pasta with the remaining sauce, and dot with the rest of the ricotta cheese.
Cover the top of the casserole with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
This recipe came out very successfully. I had no complaints about the final product. For the most part, I followed the recipe very precisely. The only variation was the casserole dish I used. Instead of using a 9x13-inch dish, I used a round 10-inch dish. This did not affect the outcome of the dish because the size and deepness of the dish did not matter as long as it was glass. One of the options in the recipe was to add either rosemary or basil. I chose rosemary because it is more of a wintry herb. The other option was to add either Italian sausage or ground beef. I chose to add ground beef because I thought it would taste best in this dish. Overall I am very happy with this dish because I had never had anything like it before. I thought this meal would resemble lasagna, but it was surprisingly very different and actually a lot better tasting. This recipe would be great for someone who is not very experienced in the kitchen, but is still fun to make and tasty for a more experienced cook. I recommend Baked Ziti to anyone who wants to go to Italy for dinner.