authentic baked ziti with meat sauce, egg and peas

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By Sarah McCormick
from Ft. Myers, FL

This is my family's absolute favorite recipe I make. I usually make this every Sunday after church. It does take a bit of time to make if you make the sauce the same day, otherwise you can make the sauce ahead of time - a few days prior to making this recipe. This is a very flavorful, cheesy dish and it is most certainly not low sodium, low calorie, or even low carb. But, it is Italian food as its finest! Authentic to the core, this traditional Italian Baked Ziti incorporates peas and boiled egg, which is true to tradition in Sicily and other parts of Italy. Please pinch and share! Enjoy!

serves 10-12
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For authentic baked ziti with meat sauce, egg and peas

  • 1 box
    rigatoni pasta, halfway cooked and drained
  • 1 c
    parmesano reggiano cheese
  • 1 lb
    mozarella, grated
  • 1 tsp
    dried basil or italian seasoning
  • 1/2 c
    frozen green peas, cooked
  • 3 lg
    boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
  • 8-10 c
    homemade sauce (see my meat sauce recipe for a perfect sauce)

How To Make authentic baked ziti with meat sauce, egg and peas

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    In a large glass casserole pan, pour about 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into the bottom over sauce.
  • 3
    In a large glass bowl, add pasta and 5 cups sauce. Toss, adding more sauce as needed. I usually add about 6 cups or more.
  • 4
    Add cooked peas and eggs, toss.
  • 5
    Add about 3/4 cup parmesano reggiano cheese, reserving the remaining 1/4 cup for top. Add 3/4 lb of mozarella, also reserving the remainder of the cheese for the top. Stir to mix.
  • 6
    Spoon pasta mixture into pan, and sprinkle dried basil or italian seasoning over the top. Sprinkle with both remaining cheeses.
  • 7
    Cover with foil, shiny side up. Seal around the edges to lock in steam. Bake about 35 minutes and then remove foil. Allow to bake another 5-10 minutes uncovered and remove to cool.
  • 8
    When cooled, serve alongside a salad if desired. Enjoy!