Baked Ziti With Fire Roasted Tomatoes

January 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Posted in Pasta | 22 Comments
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I mean who doesn’t love a baked cheesy one pot pasta dish??? I found this recipe over at the Muir Glen Website and I’m sure glad I gave it a try.   

Before Christmas I received an offer from Muir Glen to purchase a pack of their special reserve harvest tomatoes. It was only 7 bucks so I said “what the heck”.  Plus, the shipment included a nice little cookbook.   

To my surprise, not only did I receive the tomatoes but look how cleverly they were packaged.  Good job Muir Glen Marketing Department!   

   

Wanting to try the Fire Roasted Tomatoes first, I saw this recipe, it sounded delicious. And it was.   I even made a special trip to Whole Foods for some good quality ziti.  I have a pantry full of whole grain pastas just to stay on the healthier side, but for the first try of this recipe wanted the whole devilishly sinful effect.    

   

I was a little leery that this might taste too tomatoey because it had one can of tomatoes plus one full can of tomato sauce.   I was wrong.  This recipe is delicious and the mild. The sweet flavor of those fire roasted tomatoes mixed in with all that mozzarella cheese, ground beef and zucchini makes this a scrumptious pasta dish.  Just serve with your favorite green salad and you’ve got a wonderful meal that you could even serve to guests at a dinner party.   

Right out of the oven

To my pasta bowls

I made absolutely no changes to this recipe, except for using my Dutch oven on the stove top, so I could easily transfer the meal to the oven.  So, without any further ado, I present to you Baked Ziti with Fire Roasted Tomatoes.   

Muir Glen Baked Ziti With Fire Roasted Tomatoes:   

2 1/2 cups uncooked ziti pasta (8 oz)
1/2 lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1 large sweet onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 can (15 oz) Muir Glen® organic tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon coarse (kosher or sea) salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)   

Preparation Directions   

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Cook and drain pasta as directed on box.
2. Meanwhile, spray 12×8-inch (2 quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked.
3. Stir zucchini into beef mixture; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling. Add drained pasta; toss to coat. Spread in baking dish.
4. Cover dish tightly with foil; bake 20 minutes. Remove foil; sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered about 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Increase covered bake time to 30 minutes.
Substitution
If you like, use ground turkey or chicken in place of the ground beef.

Thanks to Muir Glen for such great products and for this wonderful and easy recipe.  They’ve got a great web site, take a look at www.muirglen.com

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  1. Sounds delicious!

  2. This is my kind of dish! Looks great – I wish I had some now!

  3. How in the world do you make ziti photo so well?? It looks gorgeous. I am actaully a fan of their fire roasted tomatoes, I use them in many things. One that comes to mind is Manhattan Clam Chowder. Looking for ward to you trying some other recipes using them:)

    • Donna that Ziti picture was difficult and I still don’t think it turned out all that hot. Great idea for those tomatoes – love Clam Chowder.

  4. Muir Glen is my favorite company to buy tomatoes from. And baked ziti just happens to be one of my favorite dishes! it looks fantastic. I could use a dish right now…

    • I could use a dish right now too, I’m getting hungry catching up on all of my food blog reading.

  5. I love one pot meals and this looks sooo tasty! I have never bought this brand of tomatoes, but will look for them – fire roasted diced tomatoes sound divine! Great Post!

    • I love this brand of tomatoes. Thanks for stopping by Vic.

  6. Gourmet pasta dish, at its finest!

    • As always, thanks for stopping by BD

  7. This looks wonderful and so gooey! I always have cans of the fire roasted tomatoes in my cupboard. They are so good in salsas, enchiladas, and anything else. I’m hooked!

    • It was most certainly ooey – gooey good. I’m going to stock up on fire roasted tomatoes and use them just like you do. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Yum, looks delish! I hope we get fire-roasted tomatoes up here soon.

  9. This is indeed a stellar job by the Muir Glen marketing department. The baked ziti with fire roasted tomatoes looks and sounds like a winning recipe. I love the way the mozzarella cheese is drapes over the pasta in silky creaminess. Love it!

    • Thanks for stopping by Christine!

  10. Love tomato based pasta! Looks gorgeous!

  11. That “right out of the oven” photo was a killer!
    I’ve never heard of fire roasted tomatoes…I’ll start looking for them. Yummy recipe!

  12. I really enjoyed eating this…love the creaminess 🙂

  13. Sounds like a great product, I’ve never seen that brand around here. Were the shipping costs much?

    • Shipping was included in the 7 bucks. It is a great product. Whole Foods and Safeway both carry it here. Thanks Chris


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