Baked Ziti

I realize that many of the great recipes I discover are from my fellow food bloggers. I have a folder that sits on top of my desk that is bulging with recipes that I want to experience. This recipe I found at  Fig Tree Appetizers www.figtreeapps.blogspot.com. I think what really sets this baked ziti apart is the basciamella sauce. A blend of butter, milk, flour and nutmeg. These ingredients when blended together produce a rich white sauce that is a key ingredient in many Italian dishes.

Baked Ziti
Recipe fom: Mario Batali
Recipe discovered on Fig Tree Appetizers


Ingredients:
1 lb ziti , cooked al dente, drain and rinse under cool water
2 cups tomato sauce(note: If you use jarred pasta sauce, use high-quality)
2 cups besciamella (directions below)
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Basciamella Sauce
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups whole milk
1-2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Directions:
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour, stirring till light golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking constantly. Cook till thickened, about 10 minutes, remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, let cool.
Place drained cooked ziti in a large bowl. Add the tomato sauce, basciamella, mozzarella and Parmigiano to the ziti. Mix and stir well. Divide pasta into gratin dishes or a 9×13 baking dish. bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

73 thoughts on “Baked Ziti

  1. Yum 😉 Parents are coming over for dinner tonight, I may have to just make this!So glad you love your Dutch Oven! I have been using mine for everything…lol… made room in the cabinet under the stove for it, it's so heavy but worth it 🙂 Enjoy!Karen B.Karen B's Cooking Made Easy!

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  2. Mario Batali always knows where it's at. This baked ziti looks amazing!The list of recipes I want to try from other blogs weighs about as much as I do. It's crazy.

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  3. *Homer Simpson Voice* Ummmmmmm Pastaaaaaa *drool*You and Figtree have some darn good food on your sites! A friend just told me the stuffed pork you and hubby made on my poetry site look pretty tasty! She like the 'Ginger Whisper' part too…

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  4. Baked ziti is my \”go-to\” dish for a party with lots and lots of people. I've never used a white sauce – thinking a combination fo red and white would make this dish extraordinarily creamy. Yours is indeed a winner.

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  5. i get irrationally excited by the very presence of the nutmeg in this recipe. it's such a small amount, but it adds so much subtle flavor and nuance. gorgeous dish, velva!

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  6. I also get a lot of recipes from my looking at various blogs. They are the best way of finding new recipes. This recipe looks like a good one but I love almost and kind of pasta. I just wish I could have it more often!

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  7. VelvaBefore Mario Batali there was Marcela Hazan and it is through her that I learned to perfect \”la sauce béchamel\”; this is a great paste dish because it will never go out of style.

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  8. Can you believe I'm making baked ziti tonight? Not this recipe but a good one nonetheless. I saw this over at figtree which is what reminded me I needed to whip out my go-to ziti recipe!

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  9. I'm having a wonderful time, Velva, perusing all your recipes. The chicken wings (both kinds) look so tasty. So does the blueberry buttermilk cake. I made some blueberry-lemon bread the other day and it was ok but nothing to rave about. I'm always searching for those rave-worthy recipes 🙂 It looks like you've got some wonderful ones here. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for stopping by my blog, too.

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  10. Oh my…that looks so much better than what I saw 'premade' at the store today ….! Grin. You have a wonderful blog…am loving perusing through your recipes!

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  11. I agree, I also find many recipes from my fellow bloggers. Your ziti looks good, now that my taste buds have returned I'm looking forward to trying some of my felloe bloggers food. Your Ziti is on the list. cheers Rita

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