This smelled AMAZING while it was cooking, and it tasted even better. Chicken Legs took one bite and said I could serve this in a restaurant. I had to agree. I actually thought it was better than any baked ziti I've had in a restaurant. It was seriously delicious! I had leftovers for lunch and it tasted just as good, if not better.
The sauce is a big part of this recipe. Make sure you use a good quality can of tomatoes. I used a can of crushed San Marzano tomatoes. I highly suggest splurging on San Marzano tomatoes. I think they make a big difference. I bought the tomatoes at Earth Fare, but I've also found them at Fresh Market.
I made this dish in the new Pampered Chef Rockcrok Everyday Pan. Have you heard of it yet? Well, let me tell you, it is awesome! The Rockcrok is a ceramic pan that doesn't require any seasoning.
This pan is magic! The Rockcrok is heat safe up to 752 degrees. It can be used on the stove, oven, broiler, microwave and the grill. It is also freezer and dishwasher safe. Score!
The most amazing thing about this pan is that you take take it straight from the refrigerator to the oven or grill and it won't shatter. Perfect for easy weeknight meals! It also keeps the food warm extra long - our pasta was still piping hot when we went back for seconds.
One-Pot Baked Ziti
- 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes (San Marzano)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 cups water
- 12 oz ziti
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown Italian sausage in 9-inch (2.5qt) oven save pan until browned. Drain fat.
Add onion flakes and garlic. Cook for 30-60 seconds, until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes, salt, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.
Add water and ziti. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover skillet. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until pasta is tender.
Remove skillet from heat. Stir in ricotta and heavy cream. Cook on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Top with mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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