Three Cheese Baked Ziti Pasta

Friday, August 21, 2020

This is my go to comfort food - I have changed and tweaked this recipe numerous times but the gola  are the same - extra creamy, extra saucy, crispy and golden with just the right flavors baked to perfection.
What you will need:
The Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 28-oz. can tomato sauce
1 pound ziti
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 clove garlic, grated
3 fresh tomatoes diced
pinch of salt
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 ounces provolone cheese, shredded
How to make it:
Cook ziti according to package directions. Toss with about two thirds of the pasta sauce. Reserve remaining 2-or-so cups of sauce.

In a saucepan, Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Saute onion and garlic; turn heat down and sauté for two three minutes. Add red pepper flakes and tomato paste, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and salt. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Transfer half of the pasta to a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon the mascarpone over the top in little blobs. Cover with half of the mozzarella and half of the provolone. Cover with about a cup of sauce. Transfer the rest of the saucy ziti on top of your cheese layer. Finish with remaining mozzarella, provolone, and spoon the remaining sauce around on top for prettiness.

Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy.