A Word From The Cook

“This Baked Ziti recipe is a savory one-pot dish that everyone loves. We use fusilli pasta and ground lamb for a tasty twist on an Italian classic. ”

Recipe

Prep Time:

1.5 Hours

Serves:

6-8 People

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound ground lamb
  • 1 Pound bround Beef
  • 1 Pound Fusilli or Ziti pasta
  • 3 Cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cups (16 ounces) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 Teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 Cup red cooking wine
  • 1/2 Cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
  1. Step 1 – Prepare the Sauce
    1. Cook lamb and beef until lightly browned in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    2. Add finely chopped onion and continue to cook until onion begins to turn transluscent.
    3. Add seasonings and crushed tomatoes to meat mixture and cook over medium heat until simmering.
    4. Add wine, reduce to simmer and continue to cook covered for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Step 2 – Boil Pasta and Grate the Mozzarella
    1. Boil pasta in salted water for 5-6 minutes, until cooked, but with a slight chew.
    2. Drain pasta, return to pan, drizzle lightly with olive oil, and toss. This keeps pasta from sticking.
    3. Grate the mozzarella using a box grater. Or, freeze cheese for 10 minutes, cut into 4-6 sections, and pulse in the food processor until shredded.
  3. Step 3 – Layer, Bake, and Serve
    1. Layer ingredients in a deep casserole dish, starting with pasta, then adding meat sauce, then cheese. Repeat layers 3 times.
    2. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
    3. Remove from heat when cheese is browned and meat sauce is steaming hot.
    4. Remove pan from oven and let the dish rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
    5. Top plated dish with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano.
    6. Enjoy!