Easy Family Recipes: Creamy Baked Ziti

May 28, 2010

You can’t really go wrong with warm pasta, sauce, and cheese, but making a pseudo-cream-based sauce for this dish made it even better.  I served it with Simple Italian Meatballs, and my boys went nuts over it.  This is an easy family recipe using ingredients you probably already have on hand.  Oh, and as you can see, I didn’t use actual ziti because I didn’t have any- just use whatever shapes you have.

1 pkg dried pasta
1 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1/2 cup milk*
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
fresh cracked pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil

Preheat oven to 350°  Cook pasta according to package instructions and set aside.  In a saucepan, heat butter and olive oil over low heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent (about 2 minutes).  Add milk (*I used soy milk), tomato sauce, salt, and nutmeg.  Stir about one minute and remove from heat.  Pour pasta into a deep casserole dish.  Add sauce and toss to coat.  Add pepper to taste, cheese, then basil.  Cover and bake 20 minutes.

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4 Responses to Easy Family Recipes: Creamy Baked Ziti

  1. k8 on May 28, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Oh yes! Yes! Thank you for this! I always wonder how to mix cream sauce with tomato sauce and well – I’m giving this a try!


  2. pattypunker on May 28, 2010 at 7:13 am

    i think i just had a tiny o.


  3. elle on June 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

    hmmm… i might make something like this for tonight’s dinner!

    i’m super sick and i want comfort foods! looks delicious, mama.


  4. Simple Italian Meatballs | The Sweetest on November 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    […] or fish.  He chose spaghetti and meatballs.  Since he has a hard time with long noodles, I made baked ziti and served the meatballs on the side.  These meatballs are made with simple ingredients, and you […]

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