Baked Ziti

Serves: 8 

Olive oil1/4 cup
Onion1 largechopped
Garlic4 clovesminced
Garlic powderto taste
Red chili flakes1 tsp
Tomato paste2 tbsp
Crushed tomatoes28 oz can
Diced tomatoes14 oz can
Basil1/4 cupfresh
Zucchini1 largechopped
Mozzarella1/2 lbcubed
Ziti1 lbrigatoni/penne
Butter2 tbspunsalted
Flour2 tbsp
Milk2.25 cupswarmed
Parmesan2.5 cupsshredded
Saltto taste
Pepperto taste
Oregano1/4 cupfresh
  • Heat oil and fry onions, zucchini, garlic, red chili flakes
  • Add a little salt and pepper and fry until golden brown, about 10 minutes
  • Add tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the diced and crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • Cook for 25 - 30 minutes, then add in basil and oregano
  • Heat butter in a small pan, add flour, and whisk thoroughly for 2 minutes. Add the warm milk slowly, keep stirring on simmer until the consistency of heavy cream about 10 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add 2 cups parmesan cheese, whisk until you have a creamy sauce
  • Set oven to 350F and cook pasta very al-dente for about 5 minutes, drain and keep aside
  • Add pasta and mozzarella chunks, mix well to combine
  • Add bechamel sauce to the pot, fold gently and leave streaks
  • Cover with remaining parmesan cheese, bake at 350F for 15 - 20 minutes
  • Broil for 4 minutes on low until cheese is browned. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving.