Baked Ziti..yummy. I was somewhat hesitant of making this dish for dinner this week since we were up in Door County over the weekend and I had this amazing homemade vegetarian manicotti. I thought I don’t know if this is even going to compare. What if this is another flop boring pasta dish? Why should I doubt my fav food blog Mel’s Kitchen Cafe? Angela you silly girl. This pasta was amazing. You could tell the sauce was not out of a jar but a mommy’s labor of love
Hubby takes one bite and I am like what do you rate it huh? huh? huh? Slow down there missy. He informs me part of the rating is the whole meal experience – does it make him come back wanting more? Is he going to eat so much he is going to feel sick? I will reiterate what hubby said. He is not much of a pasta guy. His favorite pasta dish is the Tortellini with jerk Chicken from The Little Village Cafe which he would rate a 10. He gave my Baked Ziti dish a 9 for a pasta dish! A 9 people that is high scorer…this will make some kiddos tummy very happy…and hubbies.
You should have leftovers….if you don’t I won’t judge. I am just sayin’ though…they make great leftovers.
I also want to note I use Organic Muir Glen brand for my tomatoes. I love their taste….and personally think they make it extra tasty.
recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe - she also notes on her website what a GREAT freezer meal this makes. Which then makes a great meal to make for a family that may appreciate a homemade meal
*Freezable Meal: Prepare recipe right up until the baking step and then cover with a double layer of aluminum foil. Freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. To bake, increase baking time to 1 hour and 15 minutes, with the final 30 minutes baking the dish uncovered as stated in the initial recipe. If baking from frozen, bake covered for 1 hour and 30 minutes, uncover and bake 30 minutes longer.