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14 INGREDIENTS13 STEPS40MIN

Classic Baked Ziti

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My name is Brittany Graham and I am the author behind The Anchored Kitchen. I believe in the healing powers of food, the kitchen as the soul of a home, and the need for good recipes.
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The delicious flavor of this ziti come from preparing your own simple tomato sauce and slow cooking your beef and sausage in it. It pleases literally everyone, including the youngest dinner guests, and couldn’t be easier to assemble.

40MIN

Total Cooking Time

14

Ingredients
The Anchored Kitchen
My name is Brittany Graham and I am the author behind The Anchored Kitchen. I believe in the healing powers of food, the kitchen as the soul of a home, and the need for good recipes.
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Ingredients
US / METRIC
Servings:
6
Serves 6
1
Red Onion, finely chopped
3/4 tsp
1 Tbsp
Tomato Paste
2 tsp
Anchovy Paste
2 cloves
Garlic, minced
8 oz
Lean Ground Beef
8 oz
Mild Italian Sausage Links, ground
1 lb
Ziti Pasta
Penne Pasta
1/4 tsp
Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp
Fresh Parsley, chopped
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Author's Notes

If freezing, prepare the casserole and then don't bake it at the end. Wrap it with plastic wrap and foil and put in the freezer to freeze. To heat, pull the casserole out a day in advance and allow to thaw in the fridge then cook at 400 degrees, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. You can bake this from frozen, it just takes a very long time to cook. About an hour or more.

Directions

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Step 1
Heat a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.
Step 2
Pour the Canned Whole Peeled Tomatoes (28 ounce) into a bowl and use your hands to break them up and crush them. You still want some bits of tomato. Set aside.
Step 3
Melt the Unsalted Butter (2 tablespoon) in the pan. Once melted add in the Red Onion (1) and Kosher Salt (1/4 teaspoon). Cook until the onion is just softened, about 4 minutes.
Step 4
Add in the Tomato Paste (1 tablespoon), Anchovy Paste (2 teaspoon), and Garlic (2 clove). Cook about one minute.
Step 5
Pour the tomatoes into the pot along with the additional Kosher Salt (1/2 teaspoon).
Step 6
Add in the Lean Ground Beef (8 ounce) and Mild Italian Sausage Links (8 ounce) and stir until well mixed in the tomato sauce. Cover with the lid and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
Step 7
While the sauce is cooking, cook the Ziti Pasta (1 pound) according to package directions in a large pot of boiling salted water.
Step 8
Combine the Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (2 cup) with the Grated Parmesan Cheese (1 cup) and Garlic Powder (1/4 teaspoon) in a bowl, mix with your hands and set aside.
Step 9
After the pasta is done and the sauce is finished, drain the pasta and pour into the pan with the sauce. Mix well and then transfer half of the meat and noodle mix with a spoon into a 9"x13" casserole dish.
Step 10
Sprinkle with half of the cheese mixture.
Step 11
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
Step 12
Top with the remaining noodle and meat mixture. Then top with the remaining cheese.
Step 13
Bake for 15 minutes then serve. Sprinkle with the Fresh Parsley (1 tablespoon) if desired.

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