Friday, February 1, 2008

Fake Baked Ziti- YUM-O

I got this from Rachael Ray's cookbook!! So incredibly good, especially as leftovers too!

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic

finely chopped 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, (recommended: San Marzano)* If San Marzanos are not available, add a teaspoon sugar to your sauce

optional Coarse salt

A handful fresh basil leaves

1 pound ziti rigate

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cups milk

1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese

1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 cup mozzarella

**we used monterey jack & cheddar mix instead of asiago**

-Put Pasta Water on to boil

In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, saute garlic in extra-virgin olive oil. Chop whole tomatoes and add them to the pan. Add crushed tomatoes and salt and simmer 10 minutes, add basil and simmer over low heat 10 minutes more.

Add salt and pasta to boiling water and cook 6 minutes, leaving pasta a little chewy. While pasta cooks, melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, then cook 1 minute, adding salt and pepper to flour. Add milk and bring sauce to a bubble. Reduce 5 minutes.
Drain pasta and transfer to a large casserole dish. Pour the tomato and basil sauce over the pasta and turn to coat the pasta. Pour the bechamel*white sauce* over the already coated pasta. Do not turn. Cover the top of the pasta with Asiago, Parmesan and mozzarella. Place the casserole under hot broiler and melt the 3 cheeses until brown and bubbly, 3 to 5 minutes.

Definately would have again so GOOD!

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