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Baked Ziti with Tomato Sauce and Meatballs

This is a baked ziti recipe with meatballs and cheese that the whole family will love
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • glass baking dish
  • small frying pan
  • medium saucepan
  • spoon for stirring
  • knife for chopping
  • strainer for noodles

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz rigatoni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 4 ea fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 3 ea garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • set all ingredients out to be sure you have everything you need for the recipe
  • chop the garlic and fresh basil and set aside
  • add one tablespoonful olive oil to the frying pan and brown the meatballs over medium heat. In the meantime, boil water and cook rigatoni according to package instructions.
  • in a medium saucepan, add another tablespoonful of olive oil and cook garlic for about 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, fresh basil, salt, pepper, mint, and Italian seasoning to the saucepan with garlic and stir well. Simmer until noodles are finished cooking.
  • when noodles are finished cooking, drain and add to a glass baking dish.
  • add half of the sauce and stir well. Add the meatballs to the noodles. Bake in a pre-heated 325-degree oven for 20 minutes.
  • remove from oven. Add more sauce if desired, stir and add cheese. Bake for another 20 minutes.
  • remove from oven and serve.