Baked Ziti

I love pasta. And cheese. Combine the two and bake it and it’s perfection. This recipe is great for eating with a big group of friends or family on a cold winter night. Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to coat the baking dish
  • 16 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds of ziti
  • 8 cups tomato sauce, heated (2 jars if you’re using store-bought)
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • Fresh basil, torn, for garnish, optional
 Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Lightly coat a 10 x 12-inch baking dish (or a lasagna pan) with the extra-virgin olive oil.
  3. Bring a large pot of  lightly salted water to a boil.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg yolk, 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and parsley, mixing well.
  5. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as directed on the package until al dente.  Drain well.
  7. Very carefully, add the cooked pasta to the ricotta mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
  8. Add the heated tomato sauce and mozzarella, mixing well.
  9. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
  10. Sprinkle the top of the pasta with more Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake, uncovered, until lightly browned, about 20 minutes or so.
  12. Let cool slightly, sprinkle with fresh basil (if desired), and enjoy.
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