Recipe Tip: Baked Ziti from 'The Sopranos'
Top Recipe for 4 Persons. All ingredients and tips for getting it right. Pasta as a serial actor: In The Sopranos, this baked pasta with plenty of cheese and tomato sauce plays an ironically prominent role.
- 50 gbutter
- 4 clove(s)garlic, finely chopped
- 3large ripe tomatoes, peeled
- butter, for greasing
- 500 gziti or some other tube pasta
- 1 ltomato sauce (as above, or the leftovers of the recipe from 'Goodfellas'
- 150 gparmesan, grated
- 150 gpecorino, grated
- 200 gricotta cheese
- 250 gmozzarella, torn or cut into small pieces
Step 1For the sauce, heat the butter in a saucepan and fry the chopped garlic briefly in it. Add the tomatoes and crush them with a wooden spoon. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened a little.
Step 2Meanwhile, bring a large pan of heavily salted water to the boil and cook the pasta in it until it is still very al dente, about 2 minutes shorter than stated on the packet. Drain and set aside.
Step 3For the casserole, butter an ovenproof casserole dish well. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Step 4Mix the cooked pasta with two thirds of the tomato sauce and half of the grated cheeses.
Step 5Put half of the pasta mixture in the casserole, then spread the ricotta, mozzarella and half of the remaining cheese on top. Cover with the remaining pasta, then spread the rest of the tomato sauce on top.
Step 6Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Step 7Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.
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