Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bolognese Baked Ziti Rigate

Comfort food. I think everyone has one person in their family that makes that one thing that defines comfort for you. Or even just a memory of a favorite dish your grandma made. This is a spin off of my grandmas lasagna. In stead of lasagna I decided to make bolognese baked ziti. You know, the kind of ziti where the ricotta and marinara just melt together in your mouth in perfect harmony. Not to mention the amazing meat sauce to go with.  What's your comfort food?

1 Box 16 oz Ziti Rigate
1 32 oz jar Marinara Sauce
15 oz Ricotta Cheese, Part-skim Or Whole Milk
½ cup sour cream
1 whole Egg, Lightly Beaten
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated, Divided
1 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 package of onion soup mix
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Ground Sausage
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Basil
½ tsp Black Pepper

Preparation InstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Brown the ground beef and sausage, add the onion soup mix, Italian seasoning, basil and pepper. Mix well then add the jar of sauce plus ½ cup water. Stir well and lower heat to low stirring occasionally. It will cook until needed.
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Stop cooking the pasta when it is just slightly undercooked; it will continue cooking in the oven. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
In a large bowl, a, the ricotta cheese, the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and egg. Stir well to combine.
Pour a small amount of the remaining marinara sauce into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Shake the dish or use a spoon to lightly coat the bottom of the dish with the sauce.
Spread half of the pasta mixture in dish then layer with half the meat sauce, then half of the ricotta, then half of the mozzarella. Repeat one more time with remaining ingredients.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.


  1. My comfort food would have to be my dads pancakes.

  2. Wow! that is a quick bolognese. Mine I cook in the crockpot all day. Thanks for sharing.

  3. @ Veronica I usually do cook it all day also. But for this you don't need to :)