Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jessica Seinfeld Baked Ziti

I am  having  a Racheal Ray day. I plan on making this dish some time this week. This is a Jessica Seinfeld recipe. If you wanted to get more veggies in your family this is the way to go. She has some great cookbooks out there.
I am lucky my kids love veggies, most would rather eat veggies then meat.
I will post a picture as soon as I make it.

  • 14 ounces whole-wheat ziti
  • 2 cups jarred tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup carrot purée
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower purée
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • (For the veggie purée, steam trimmed carrots/cauliflower for 10-12 minutes or until tender, and run through a blender or food processor with a couple teaspoons of water until smooth.)

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
    Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water a few minutes less than the package instructions indicate so that it will still be firm when baked. Drain and set aside.
    Pour the tomato sauce into medium bowl. Add the carrot purée and mix until well-combined.
    In another small bowl, combine the ricotta, cauliflower purée, egg whites, 1/2 of the mozzarella, the garlic and pepper.
    Spread about half of the tomato sauce onto the bottom of a glass pan or casserole dish. Then add a layer with half the pasta. Spoon the ricotta mixture on top and cover with the rest of the pasta. Top it off with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and remaining mozzarella. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the cheese starts to brown and the filling is hot. Or, cover with aluminum foil, refrigerate, and bake the next day.

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