Baked Ziti Balls

1
Leanne D.

By
@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!

Rating:

☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

Comments:
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • MEATBALLS

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

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

  • ·
    1 t oregano
  • ·
    1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • ·
    2-3 c mozzarella cheese
  • ·
    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.

Printable Recipe Card

About Baked Ziti Balls

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



Show 3 Comments & Reviews

8 Soup Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker

8 Soup Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker


When the weather is cooler, soup is a delicious addition to your weekly menu. Comforting and easy to make, on a cold night, these recipes will warm you up and are hearty. Serve with crusty bread and salad for dinner. Leftovers are an easy lunch. What’s the best part about these eight soup recipes? They […]

What To Make With That Can of Condensed Milk

What To Make With That Can of Condensed Milk


Open the pantry and you’ll probably find a can of condensed milk on the shelf. It’s a baking staple, but what exactly is it? Sweetened condensed milk is made by heating milk and removing its water. Once reduced, it’s sweetened with sugar (lots of it). The final product is very thick, sweet, and fantastic in […]

19 Recipes With Sour Cream

19 Recipes With Sour Cream


Wondering what to do with that container of sour cream in your fridge? We have the answer. From breakfast to lunch to dinner to dessert, sour cream is a tasty addition to a wide variety of recipes. Casseroles, cheesecakes, and coffee cake wouldn’t be the same without sour cream.