How to Make Baked Ziti
- In a large pot, boil 2 quarts of water. Add some salt to the boiling water and empty the uncooked pasta into the pot.
- Let the pasta cook on a medium to high heat until it is al dente.
- Drain the pasta through a strainer and toss a little olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Set the pasta aside.
- In a large sauté pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the bulk sausage or meat of choice into the hot oil.
- Cook the sausage or meat until it is well browned.
- Stir in onions with the sausage and sauté until the onion turns translucent. It will take about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, rosemary, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes into the onion and sausage, and stir until they are combined.
- Cook for one minute and then add tomato sauce to the mixture.
- Stir well and bring to simmer.
- Set the oven on preheat to 350 degrees F.
- In a 9x13-inch casserole pan, spread a thin layer of sauce on the surface.
- Above the sauce, sprinkle half of the ricotta cheese.
- Add some sauce to the pasta and stir well until the pasta is well covered.
- Place the pasta over the ricotta cheese in the casserole dish.
- Pour rest of the sauce over the pasta and sprinkle the remaining ricotta cheese on the top.
- Pepper the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese on the top and bake for 20 minutes until the top is light brown in cover and the cheese melted.
- Baked ziti is a variation of pasta al forno.
- It is attributed to an Italian American cuisine for its ingredients, macaroni, and sauce.
Baked ziti was originated from Northern Italy and was brought to America by the Italian migrants.