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Ziti & Lasagna from The Sopranos Recipe (with Video)

Tree nut free, Sugar-free, Peanut-free
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Serving size
6

Recipe Time: 2h

Ingredients

For homemade tomato sauce
- 1 large onion
- 6 clove Garlic, crushed
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 1 lb sweet italian sausage
- Tbs Tomato paste
- 112 oz San Marzano tomatoes
- 1 parmesan cheese rind
- 1 whole stem Fresh basil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Basil, chopped, to taste
- Kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
For Carmella's Lasagna
- 1 package lasagna noodles
- 16 oz Ricotta cheese, adjust as needed to layer
- 3 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (adjust as needed to layer)
- 16 oz Fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced (adjust as needed to layer)
- Tomato sauce, see recipe above
- Basil leaves, whole or chopped
- Kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
For Carmela's Baked Ziti
- 1 lb ziti noodles
- Tomato sauce, see recipe above
- Fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into ½ inch chunks
- Ricotta cheese
- Parmesan cheese, grated
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Directions

For tomato sauce
1. In a dutch oven, give a generous pour of extra virgin olive oil and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2. Add 1 large chopped onion and stir until soft and translucent.
3. Add 6 cloves of crushed garlic and sauté for an additional minute until fragrant.
4. Next, set aside your onion and garlic and cook your beef and sausage in batches until it is brown and crumbly.
5. Drain off most of the fat and add the garlic and onion back into the pot. Then, add a few tablespoons of tomato paste.
6. Add your cans of San Marzano tomatoes (lightly crushed) to the pot. Stir to combine.
7. For moisture, fill one of your tomato cans with water and add to the pot.
8. Add 1 parmesan cheese rind as well as 1 whole stem of basil to the pot. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer.
9. Once the sauce is bubbling, stir and partially cover the pot and reduce the heat to about as low as your stove will go. Simmer for 1 ½ hours, keep the sauce bubbling, and stir occasionally.
10. Once the sauce is melded, scrape down the sides of the pot to add more flavor.
11. Add some chopped basil to the pot and season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and set aside the sauce for later recipes.
For Carmella's Lasagna
1. The pasta should be slightly undercooked and almost crunchy, so boil your lasagna noodles for no more than 4 minutes. Then, immediately move them into a pot or bowl of nice and cool water to pause the cooking process.
2. Lay each noodle out on a lint-free kitchen towel. Set aside for later.
3. Take an aluminum foil lasagna pan and fill with a healthy layer of sauce to prevent noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
4. Lay down your first layer of pasta and make sure that all of the gaps are filled. In addition, make sure to flip the pattern every layer to maintain the lasagna’s structure.
5. Spread a generous amount of ricotta cheese on top of the noodles and add ½ ounce of grated parmesan cheese.
6. Next, add a layer of basil leaves and a layer of thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese. I prefer chopping the basil.
7. Top it off with another layer of sauce and then repeat steps 4-6 until the pan is completely full.
8. On the final layer, spread a generous coating of sauce and a generous grating of parmesan cheese. Then, add a little bit of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
9. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and place in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes.
10. Once 30 minutes has passed, take the lasagna out of the oven, uncover the pan, and place back into the oven for 15-30 minutes, or until brown and bubbly on top.
11. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before digging in.
For Carmella's Baked Ziti
1. Cook 1 pound of ziti noodles to very al dente for no more than 5 minutes. Pour your pasta into a large bowl and toss with a cup or two of your tomato sauce and mix accordingly.
2. Into an aluminum pan, pour and spread about half of your pasta over the bottom of the pan.
3. Spread some ricotta cheese on top of the pasta as evenly as possible and add your ½ inch chunks of mozzarella cheese on top. Then, add about 1 to 1 ½ oz of grated parmesan cheese.
4. Add the remaining half of your ziti and spread it out nice and even. Make sure none of the cheese is exposed.
5. Top the pan off with a cup or two of sauce and 1 to ½ oz of grated parmesan cheese.
6. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and place in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes.
7. Once 30 minutes has passed, take the ziti out of the oven, uncover the pan, and place back into the oven for 15-20 minutes until browned, crispy, and bubbly on top.

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