Baked Ziti Balls

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Leanne D.

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@kitchenkaterer

When my sons were small,they would hear me call this baked ziti,but they would say,"it's ziti balls!".Now that I don't eat meat,I use Gardein's beefless beef meatballs so I can have the same dish my family is having. They're pretty good!

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Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • MEATBALLS

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    2 lb ground sirloin
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    1 egg,beaten
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    3 t. bread crumbs
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    2 t fresh parsley,minced
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    2 t. fresh basil,minced
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    4 t. onions,minced
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    2 cloves garlic,minced
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    1/4 c parmesan cheese
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    3 t. milk
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    pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
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    salt & pepper
  • SAUCE:

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    2 t onion,minced
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    2 t. carrot,minced
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    2 garlic cloves,minced
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    pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
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    2 t. fresh basil,minced
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    1 t. oregano
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    1/2 beef broth
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    2 28 ox can crushed tomatoes
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    1 1/2 c ricotta cheese
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    salt & pepper to taste
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    fresh basil leaves,torn
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    2 lb ziti,cooked less than al dente
  • TOPPING

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    1 t oregano
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    1/2 c parmesan cheese
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    2-3 c mozzarella cheese
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    fresh basil,torn

How to Make Baked Ziti Balls

Step-by-Step

  1. Lightly mix all the meatball ingredients together,form by tablespoons into balls.Fry in batches in a little oil,turning until cooked through.
    Sauce:
    Sauté onions,carrots until soft, add garlic,pepper flakes,,oregano,broth,tomatoes,salt & pepper,Simmer 15 mins. Stir in basil & ricotta cheese. Remove about 1 1/2 c sauce, set aside.Add meatballs and ziti,stir.Pour into a casserole.Spoon remaining sauce over dish,top with oregano,Parmesan, mozzarella & basil.Bake 350 deg. 20 min.or until bubbly.

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About Baked Ziti Balls

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian




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