Monday, July 27, 2009

Baked Ziti and a Giveaway

I'm not sure how this hasn't gotten on the blog until now, but it's one of the best recipes EVER! It's from The Best 30 Minute Recipe (aka- our favorite cookbook). I made this easy recipe even easier by adding a jar of spaghetti sauce instead of making it. And since we think more people need this cookbook in their lives, we're giving one away, along with 2 of the cutest potholders from Urban Outfitters. Leave a comment by this Friday at 12:00 noon and we'll randomly select a winner after that. Good luck!

Skillet Baked Ziti

1 T. olive oil
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1 jar spaghetti sauce
3 cups water
12 ounces ziti- 3 3/4 cups (I used penne)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1 cup shredded mozzarella

1. Heat Oven: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees.
2. Simmer Ziti: Combine oil and red pepper flakes in 12 inch ovensafe nonstick skillet and saute over medium high heat about 30 seconds. Add spaghetti sauce, water, and ziti. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 15 to 18 minutes.
3. Add Cheese and Bake: Stir in cream, parmesan and basil. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over ziti. Transfer skillet to oven (or if your skillet isn't ovenproof, transfer to a baking dish) and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10 minutes.


Amber Hymel said...

This looks great. Can't wait to try it! Those pot holders are precious!

Heather said...

I love Cook's Illustrated! Bless them for saving all of us in the kitchen.

Cassie said...

Hey, Love your blog! I always check it when I need a new idea. You guys should hire yourselves out, because the only thing better than good recipes is when someone else cooks them!!!

The Cooper Crew said...

I love your recipes! They always turn out so good. Count me in I can never have enough cookbooks!

Katie said...

Love the tip of a new cookbook. Thank you for sharing your recipes. The broccoli chicken calzone is a family favorite!!

koby said...

Wahoo, sounds delicious!

MeL said...

Yes please! I'm dying to try new recipes but always end up offering my husband cheese crisps instead. He needs me to have this cookbook!

The Barr Family said...

me, me, me. Pick me.

Jolynn said...

Sounds like a great cookbook that we could really use. I really need to cook more often! Love this blog!

Carmen said...

I use so many of your recipes and I'm trying to make the bread as good as yours, not there yet... so put my name in for the drowning..

Katie said...

love giveaways! p.s. I tried that buttermilk was divine.

Aut said...

LOVE your blog, the spinach smoothies are made daily here!

Carrie said...

If I list all the recipes I've tried from your site, will you pick me? Because I'm sure no one else has tried more of your recipes than I have.

Fruit Salsa
Buttermilk Syrup
Blackberry Streusel Coffee Cake (made this like 4 times... LOVE it)
apple and goat cheese salad (a regular at our house, to DIE for)
California Club Pizza
Avocado Citrus Salad (HOLY COW, this one was superb!)
berry crisp
Brocolli and Garlic Pasta
Mini apple pies
the hot dog and noodles thing
lemon blossoms (YUMMO!)
there are more, these are the only ones that come to mind at the moment, but I think this proves my point that you should TOTALLY pick me to win.

Amber Larsen said...

I just made this tonight for dinner... it was yummy. Thanks for the recipes!!

Nelson6 said...

Put me in for the book and potholders. I would love to add those to my home. Thanks girls.

josh and allie said...

Always in need of some good recipes. We just tried the Green Chile Burritos but have tried MANY others. YUM!


Heidi said...

I'm making this now. mmmmmmm

Let the Journey Begin... said...

I love America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated! This cookbook looks like a winner and I would love to be the new owner.

I love all the wonderful recipes that your site offers. Thanks for always keeping things fresh!


Stu and Angie Milne said...

i don't think i've commented before now, but i love the blog! LOOOVE the peanut butter balls!

i made baked ziti a couple weeks ago and i tried something new that turned out fantastic! just get some premade dough and line the bottom of your casserole dish and dab on a little olive oil, garlic, and italian seasonings. then put the pasta, sauce and cheese on top! VOILA! baked ziti and garlic bread deliciousness!

Keri said...

You have great recipes that are fun and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

Maria said...

That is a great cookbook! I love simple, tasty meals!

Kyle said...

Love your blog...I hope I win the cookbook!!

kathee said...

I love your blog and I hate onions - match made in heaven?

The Pettit Family said...

I enjoy your blog. Hope to try that cookbook.

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for your blog!! I enjoy it sooo much!!! I too am an anti-onion person. I would love to win this cookbook!! I even have a link to your blog on my blog!! Keep up the yummy recipes!

Steph said...

I would love to win the cookbook!! I LOVE your blog!!! Thanks!!! :)