Ziti al forno with mozzarella (baked ziti): a recipe for feeding many

ziti al forno

It is time to cook and it is winter season. In this cold weather we need a pasta based main dish who can sustain you after the simple “eat and rush” sandwiches you had for lunch. So for all your family a simple baked pasta recipe, very tasty and easy to prepare.

Ziti al forno (baked Ziti)
A special dish coming from the Italian tradition that will smash you up. Usually our grand mothers baked the pasta leftovers with mozzarella and tomatoes sauce and make a delicious main course for Sunday big lunch. In this recipe we will make everything from scratch adding a bit of protein in the sauce, aka the beef. Let this dish amaze you and your guests for lunch or dinner.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
  • 400 gr dry ziti pasta
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 garlic
  • 400 gr lean ground beef
  • 7-8 tomatoes
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 6 mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 basil leaves
  1. Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until before being "al dente" about 7 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large pan, you will brown the garlic and the onion. Add the ground beef over medium heat. Add the 7 tomatoes, and simmer 15 minutes. Slice the last one and save it for decoration.
  3. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Use a large baking dish. Add on the bottom the sauce, ½ of the ziti, ½ of the Provolone cheese, ½ mozzarella cheese. Finish the top layer with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the oven, until all the cheeses are melted.


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