Sunday, April 03, 2016

Fast Faux Baked Ziti #SundaySupper

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This ziti can come together in under 30 minutes and will have everyone fooled that it took longer!
Fast Faux Baked Ziti | This ziti can come together in under 30 minutes and will have everyone fooled that it took longer! #SundaySupper #pasta #under30min

Good morning, all! It's time for another round of Sunday Supper. This week's event is Italian Fest hosted by Manuela of Manu's Menu. I am so excited to join in and have the perfect recipe to boot. Last year, I traded in a bunch of regular books for store credit at a local used bookstore - that is very dangerous for me to go into. I looked for some books that I was wanting, but had no luck, and decided to venture into the cookbook aisle.

I found a few Rachael Ray cookbooks and a few Bobby Flay cookbooks and called it a day. I still have a little store credit leftover, so I may be making a trip soon to find some more cookbooks...that I don't need. I decided to pick up Rachael Ray's Cooking 'Round the Clock cookbook, which is one of her 30-minute meal cookbooks and I am so glad that I did. I love love love this Fast Faux Baked Ziti recipe. It is so quick and you can literally stick it under the broiler and fool everyone into thinking you have slaved over it for hours in your kitchen...and it tastes like that too!!

Fast Faux Baked Ziti | This ziti can come together in under 30 minutes and will have everyone fooled that it took longer! #SundaySupper #pasta #under30minFast Faux Baked Ziti | This ziti can come together in under 30 minutes and will have everyone fooled that it took longer! #SundaySupper #pasta #under30min

I am not a true Italian by any means, but this definitely felt more authentic than any other dish I've ever made. The bechamel sauce was to die for!! It was just so rich and creamy. I don't think I've ever had anything quite like it.

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What you need:
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 lb. ziti rigate
  • 2 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup Italian blend cheeses
  • 1 cup cubed fresh mozzarella cheese 
Directions:
  1. Boil salted water in a large pot and cook pasta al dente and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, add oil to a medium saucepan over medium heat and add garlic. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, so it doesn't burn.
  3. Add tomatoes (diced and crushed) and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn heat to low and add basil, simmer for 10 more minutes.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, brown and crumble ground beef. Drain, if needed, and add to tomato sauce.
  6. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Then whisk in flour and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Slowly, stir in milk and bring to a rolling boil - watch carefully to not burn the sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  8. Add cooked pasta to a 9x13-inch casserole dish, then top with tomato and basil sauce. Toss gently to coat. 
  9. Take the bechamel sauce (that's your milk mixture) and pour over the top, but do not mix.
  10. Top with cheeses and place the casserole dish under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese melts and turns brown and bubbly.
Recipe slightly adapted from 
Rachael Ray's Cooking 'Round the Clock cookbook

Fast Faux Baked Ziti | This ziti can come together in under 30 minutes and will have everyone fooled that it took longer! #SundaySupper #pasta #under30min

See the other great Italian recipes for this week's Sunday Supper Event below!
Appetizers:
Mains:
Dessert:
Beverages:
And Zucchini Torta plus More Recipes for Italian Fest from Sunday Supper Movement  



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