every time i make this i think of the soprano's. i wonder what carmela's is like?
2 tbsp olive oil
5 cloves garlic - minced
2 tbs essence
2 tsp italian seasoning
pinch red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
5 cups store bought or homemade marinara
1 lb ziti or penne
3 c whole milk ricotta
2 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c grated parmesan
1/2 c seasoned breadcrumbs or panko
fresh mozzarella - cubed (about a cup)
4 tbs butter - cubed
preheat oven to 350
saute garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil. add marinara, essence, italian seasoning and salt and pepper. simmer 15 - 20 to reduce a bit.
cook pasta 8 minutes. drain
in large bowl toss pasta, marinara, ricotta, and fresh mozzarella.
grease a large baking dish or individual gratin dishes. spoon pasta in and sprinkle the top with shredded mozzarella. combine the parmesan and breadcrumbs. sprinkle over the mozzarella. dot the tops with butter.
bake for 30 - 40 minutes, until the topping is browned and the pasta is heated through. cool a bit and then serve.
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