Baked Ziti with Meatballs & Bell Peppers
Recipe type: Entree
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • ½ pound mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 10 medium meatballs
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups proprietary marinara sauce
  1. Combine the ricotta, mozzarella, ½ cup Parmesan, parsley, salt and eggs in a large bowl; set this mixture aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.
  3. Add the salt, to taste, and the pasta and cook until al dente.
  4. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  5. Toss the pasta with a little marinara sauce.
  6. Place a layer of sauced pasta in a large pan.
  7. Dot the pasta with small bits of the cheese mixture; spoon some tomato sauce over the cheese. Add some of the meatballs and bell peppers.
  8. Repeat this process 2 more times to make 3 layers.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake at 350 F until the top is lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  11. Let the pasta casserole rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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