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Fake Baked Ziti

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Fake Baked Ziti

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, pasta, tomatoes, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 381kcal


  • 16 ounce penne pasta, dry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes, canned
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon basil, dried
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon flour, all-purpose
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • 8 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 medium onion, red
  • 2 medium carrot

Serve With

  • 4 medium tangerine (mandarin orange)


  • Cook pasta as directed on package for al dente.
  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat; add oil and minced garlic. Sauté a minute or two until garlic is fragrant, but not yet browned.
  • Add tomatoes, sugar, and salt to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in basil and simmer 10 minutes more.
  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, then salt, pepper, and nutmeg; cook for 1 minute, whisking continuously. Stir in milk and bring sauce to a simmer, continuing to whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes to reduce.
  • When pasta is cooked, drain and transfer to a 9×13″ baking dish. Pour tomato and basil sauce over pasta and toss to coat.
  • Pour butter sauce over pasta but do not mix in. Top with cheeses and bake 3-5 minutes until bubbly; watch closely so it does not burn!
  • Shred lettuce (if not already done), dice onion, and shred or grate carrots. Toss in a large bowl along with your favorite dressing.
  • Serve pasta with salad and oranges on the side.
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Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 515mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g

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