Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

Baked Ziti with Mini Meatballs

Is there anything better in life than a  hot, bubbly  pan of baked ziti coming out of the oven for dinner?!!  Me thinks NOT!!

Baked Ziti has to be one of the greatest pasta dishes of  ALL  time.  It’s Italian family comfort food at it’s best and a perennial favorite at our house.  I’ve tried many recipes over the years, some good and some just okay.  This recipe from Giada is the one that has become my absolute favorite!  She’s added homemade mini meatballs and taken the dish to a whole new level.  These little babies really rock!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup - Plain Dried Bread Crumbs
  • 2 - Eggs, Large, Lightly Beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons - Milk
  • 3/4 Cup - Romano Cheese, Grated
  • 1/4 Cup - Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
  • To Taste - Salt
  • To Taste - Black Pepper
  • 1 Pound - Ground Beef
  • All Purpose Flour for Dredging
  • 1 Pound - Dried Ziti
  • 1 1/2 Cups - Fresh Basil Leaves, Julienned
  • 5 Cups - Marinara Sauce
  • 3 Cups - Whole Milk Ricotta
  • 2 Cups - Mozzarella, Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup - Parmesan, Grated
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