A dish not-so-common to Australia but quite popular in the US (or not, I’m open to being corrected) is a Baked Ziti (or Zita).
Very similar to a pasta bake, I’ve been wanting to have a shot at this dish for a while now after seeing drool inducing pictures popping up on my Pinterest feed on the reg. I have adjusted this recipe a little to suit an us Aussies, I hope you enjoy!
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 medium diced onion
- 500g mince (any you prefer, I like beef/pork)
- Large tin of whole tomatos
- 1/2 cup Passata
- 2 tsps Italian herbs
- 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
- 4 cups of uncooked Zita or Penne
- 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
- 1 cup Mozarella
- 1/2 cup Cheddar
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 beaten egg
- Fresh parsley
Heat approx 2tbs of Olive Oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add Garlic and Onion and soften. Add mince and cook until meat is browned. Drain off fat excess fat, making sure to leave a little in the pot.
Add Tomato, passata, seasoning and chilli flakes. Stir and simmer down for around 30 minutes. Season to taste and remove from heat
Cook Pasta according to packet instructions. Once Al Dente, strain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Mix the ricotta, Parmesan, cheddar and half of the mozzarella with the egg, and then mix in the cooled pasta (try not to over-combine, lumps are ok)
Add half of the pasta to a medium to large baking dish. Add half the sauce on top, then repeat until all sauce and pasta is gone. Sprinkle the top with remaining mozzarella and fresh parsley.
Bake for around 25 minutes at 200 degrees celcius. Once cooled a little, serve.