Monday, March 8, 2010

Skillet Baked Ziti

For a quick one pot dish you can not beat this pasta. If you have a 12 inch non-stick oven safe skillet the meal can be done in 30 minutes. If you don't have an oven safe skillet you can transfer the pasta to a shallow 2 quart casserole dish before sprinkling it with cheese and baking. This recipe came from Cooks Illustrated. I have an online membership which i love!!
Skillet Baked Ziti
1 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 (28 oz) Can crushed tomatoes - use good ones..
3 cups water
12 oz ziti ( 3 and 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Heat oven to 475
Combine oil, garlic, red pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt in 12 inch, ovensafe nonstick skillet and saute over medium high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes, water, ziti, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in cream, parmesan, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over ziti. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned about 8 minutes. Serve.
Source: Cooks Illustrated

1 comment:

  1. Tried this tonight and it was a hit! Used an oval corningware dish on the stove and then into the oven and it worked great. YUM! Thanks!