December 30, 2011

No Leftover Baked Ziti

The original recipe came from the Food Network but this is how I made it:

One pound ziti, cooked al dente
1 1/2 jars Testa's Marinara Sauce (this is made locally, so you will have to use 4 C of a really, really good marinara sauce)

1/4 C freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
1/2 C freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese

cut half of the mozzarella into small cubes and mix with 1/4 C parmesan and the rest of the ingredients

pour into a slightly oiled baking pan

slice rest of mozzarella into thin slices and lay over top of ziti

shake remainder of parmesan on top of all

bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until slightly browned

* The key to this recipe is the quality of the ingredients. Yes, this would be yummy with regular cheeses and some other jarred sauce, but sometimes you want something really special. This is it.

Bean Soup That Smells Delicious While It Cooks

One pound dried beans, pre-soaked (used small white this time)
Ham bone or leftover ham
2 quarts water
One large onion, chopped
1 C chopped celery, more or less
1 tsp salt
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary

Simmer on stove about 2 hours or in crock pot on low for 8 hours