Sunday, January 24, 2010

Baked Ziti

I realize that many of the great recipes I discover are from my fellow food bloggers. I have a folder that sits on top of my desk that is bulging with recipes that I want to experience. This recipe I found at  Fig Tree Appetizers www.figtreeapps.blogspot.com. I think what really sets this baked ziti apart is the basciamella sauce. A blend of butter, milk, flour and nutmeg. These ingredients when blended together produce a rich white sauce that is a key ingredient in many Italian dishes.



Baked Ziti
Recipe fom: Mario Batali
Recipe discovered on Fig Tree Appetizers


Ingredients:
1 lb ziti , cooked al dente, drain and rinse under cool water
2 cups tomato sauce(note: If you use jarred pasta sauce, use high-quality)
2 cups besciamella (directions below)
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Basciamella Sauce
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups whole milk
1-2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Directions:
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour, stirring till light golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking constantly. Cook till thickened, about 10 minutes, remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, let cool.

Place drained cooked ziti in a large bowl. Add the tomato sauce, basciamella, mozzarella and Parmigiano to the ziti. Mix and stir well. Divide pasta into gratin dishes or a 9x13 baking dish. bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!
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73 comments:

Sage said...

This sounds like true comfort food@ love the addition of Basciamella Sauce; it makes everything better. I am saving this one; thank you.
Rita

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks absolutely comforting!

Karen said...

Yum ;) Parents are coming over for dinner tonight, I may have to just make this!

So glad you love your Dutch Oven! I have been using mine for everything...lol... made room in the cabinet under the stove for it, it's so heavy but worth it :) Enjoy!

Karen B.
Karen B's Cooking Made Easy!

Jana said...

Mario is the best! The photos look great thanks!

Joanne said...

Mario Batali always knows where it's at. This baked ziti looks amazing!

The list of recipes I want to try from other blogs weighs about as much as I do. It's crazy.

Chef E said...

*Homer Simpson Voice* Ummmmmmm Pastaaaaaa *drool*

You and Figtree have some darn good food on your sites! A friend just told me the stuffed pork you and hubby made on my poetry site look pretty tasty! She like the 'Ginger Whisper' part too...

Dishesdone said...

That looks absolutely fantastic! Have to try it with the besciamella!

George Gaston said...

Velva, now you help us add to our "must make" list ~ keep'em coming! This recipe is outstanding and must taste amazing.Perfect dish for these cold rainy day, thanks.

Kim said...

That's some good lookin' baked ziti. I love pasta where the basciamella sauce and spaghetti sauce are mixed in together. Looks great.

Chef Aimee said...

I love how this ziti is creamy with the basciamella - mmmm!

Mary said...

This looks wonderful. Years ago Julia Child made lasagna wit a combination of red and white sauces. That recipe is also delicious. I can't wait to give yours a try, Velva.

Claudia said...

Baked ziti is my "go-to" dish for a party with lots and lots of people. I've never used a white sauce - thinking a combination fo red and white would make this dish extraordinarily creamy. Yours is indeed a winner.

Karen said...

Oh, does this ever look delicious! I've never made baked ziti... going to have to give it a try!

doggybloggy said...

I am all over the basciamella sauce - dang that sounds good- how did I not know of this before now?

Fresh Local and Best said...

I haven't had ziti ever. This looks like a great recipe for me to try!

Lea Ann said...

Man, that sauce does sound good! Will have to give this a try. I've just discovered that grated fresh nutmeg can really add to good flavors to many dishes.

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a wonderful comfort dish! This is something I've got to try making.

Bob said...

That looks killer. I love mixing white and red sauces, it's wicked good, especially with nutmeg.

Kate said...

This does look delicious. The family would really love it. This is a recipe that I must try. Thank you!

A Year on the Grill said...

my wife just gave me a dutch oven for Christmas... Been using it a lot lately... Now I have something new I want to try!

Vrinda said...

that looks colorful and tempting...

figtree said...

I feel like a movie star..oooouuu la la! Looking at your photo's makes me want to make it again..like tonight. :D Figtree

andreaestes said...

I am going to try to make this!

grace said...

i get irrationally excited by the very presence of the nutmeg in this recipe. it's such a small amount, but it adds so much subtle flavor and nuance. gorgeous dish, velva!

Sandy said...

I also get a lot of recipes from my looking at various blogs. They are the best way of finding new recipes. This recipe looks like a good one but I love almost and kind of pasta. I just wish I could have it more often!

Chris said...

I've never had Basciamella Sauce but I can't wait to try it! Great looking ziti, Velva.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh looks great love baked ziti

tasteofbeirut said...

Velva
Before Mario Batali there was Marcela Hazan and it is through her that I learned to perfect "la sauce b├ęchamel"; this is a great paste dish because it will never go out of style.

suzicate said...

It's been a while since I've made ziti. This looks and sounds fab...making it this week!

Hungry Dog said...

Can you believe I'm making baked ziti tonight? Not this recipe but a good one nonetheless. I saw this over at figtree which is what reminded me I needed to whip out my go-to ziti recipe!

Lynn said...

I'm having a wonderful time, Velva, perusing all your recipes. The chicken wings (both kinds) look so tasty. So does the blueberry buttermilk cake. I made some blueberry-lemon bread the other day and it was ok but nothing to rave about. I'm always searching for those rave-worthy recipes :) It looks like you've got some wonderful ones here. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for stopping by my blog, too.

Trish said...

Oh my...that looks so much better than what I saw 'premade' at the store today ....! Grin. You have a wonderful blog...am loving perusing through your recipes!

Mags said...

Oh my... another pasta dish calling my name. This looks so inviting.

Kathleen said...

Oh I wish I had a huge plate of this right now. It looks sooooo good!!!!

The Food Hunter said...

I love baked ziti...yours looks delicious.

Julie said...

Just amazing! Definitely bookmarking. I love Mario but have never made any of his recipes.

3 hungry tummies said...

Absolute comfort food for me, great photo as usual!

Rebecca said...

Velva... I'm envious! A dutch oven is on my wishlist! I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS FOR DINNER! Yummy!

The Gypsy Chef said...

Velva, This looks soooo delicious! May have to make this tomorrow night for dinner!
Pam

Iron Chef Shellie said...

Looks like a delicious dish on a cold night =)

Sasha said...

This recipe sounds ooey-gooey delicious. I'm surprised to see baked ziti without ricotta.

I really like your blog : )

Sarah said...

Yum! Ultimate comfort food!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh I know, bloggers are the best with recipes, including this one :)
xxx

Rita said...

I agree, I also find many recipes from my fellow bloggers. Your ziti looks good, now that my taste buds have returned I'm looking forward to trying some of my felloe bloggers food. Your Ziti is on the list. cheers Rita

Marguerite said...

Great recipe! Looks absolutely divine! Love the Basciamella sauce.

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, such pure, perfect heaven!!

Mimi said...

Velva,
Looks delicious. Isn't bechamel sauce wonderful. It gives pasta a rich creaminess you can't get from cheese alone.
Mimi

Laura Trevey said...

I am definitely trying this!! Yummm....

teresa said...

oh my gosh, this looks killer! i know what you mean, i think some of the very best things i've made have come from other bloggers!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Looks stunning.....won't mention that I've never had Ziti before :-) LOL

Barbara said...

Fig Tree is a great blog, isn't it?
The baked ziti recipe is looking fabulous, Velva. All that delicious melted cheese! And I do love a good bechamel.

(I heard Mario was on a diet. Haven't seen him since I read that. Do you think we'll recognize him?)

Tracy (Amuse-bouche for Two) said...

Baked ziti...one of our favorites. I love seeing that it's held in such high esteem by others as well. :)

Sweet and Savory said...

Comfort food with a plus.

buffalodick said...

Pastas and sauces are so interchangeable...It really opens up the possibilities!

Gloria said...

This look really tasty Velva!! Thanks for stopping by un my blog, love yours! xx gloria

Faith said...

Baked pasta is literally the perfect comfort food! This looks incredible with that rich, creamy basciamella sauce!

Devon said...

I used to eat a dish like this back in Italy. You are making my mouth water. This will go in my folder for next month.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

oh...this looks so good..what i would want for my last meal....love it...

love mario too.....

thanks for stopping by Farmhouse and for the good wishes for February...that made me laugh...

more later, friend
kary
xxx

Karen Harris said...

Oh man, I LOVE baked ziti! Yours looks fabulous.

The Cooking Photographer said...

This looks fantastic, but I'm craving those jalapeno hot wings below. Holy cow!

theycallmejane said...

Anything with a basciamella sauce is a keeper for me! I'm printing this recipe as I type! Thanks. It looks so yummy!

5 Star Foodie said...

This baked ziti looks fabulous especially with Basciamella Sauce, yum!

Pete said...

It looks yummy and nice. Love the smell of nutmeg!

Pete said...

Added your link to my blogroll! Cheers!

Katy said...

I have been CRAVING pasta these past days, and this is driving me to the brink of madness. Velva, this looks fabulous. Oh my!!!!

Federica said...

Ciao! grazie della tua visita!!! e complimenti per piatto straordinario!!

deve essere buonissimo!!! mmmm...

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Oh, I saw that post too. And yours looks wonderful too. I need to dig my Mario cookbook out and break the seal.

Lori said...

I am the same way with recipes from my fellow foodbloggers. There are so many to try so I made a NY resolution to try at least one a month, but I'm shooting for more. This looks delicious!

Sophie said...

Hello Velva!!

What a georgous & excellent tasty looking dish!! I so love bechamel sauce too!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...lovely!!!

theUngourmet said...

I love baked ziti! I'd love to try and make this sauce! It looks and sounds fantastic!!

Erica said...

That is a comforting dish,Velva!Sounds delicious....I would love to make it for my next dinner party.

My Little Space said...

I agreed with you. I saw this at Figtree's site as well and it's a yummy dish, alright!

Ingrid said...

I've never had ziti with a white sauce. Sounds good!
~ingrid

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