Spicy Baked Ziti


* 8 Servings
* Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min.


* 1 cup diced organic onion (your color preference)
* 1 cup diced organic turkey pepperoni slices
* 1 container(16 oz) part skim organic ricotta
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 cups organic tomatoes diced
* 1 jar organic tomato sauce ( if you don’t have homemade available)
* 1 large ball fresh mozzarella
* 1 tbl spoon crushed organic red pepper flakes
* 1 package organic uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
* 1 cup (8 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
* 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
* 1 tbl spoon organic dried basil leaves
* 1 tbl spoon organic dried parsley
* 1 tbl spoon organic dried oregano
* organic olive oil or organic cooking spray


* Take ricotta, basil, parsley, oregano, onion, garlic, turkey pepperoni, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, & diced tomatoes and mix in a large bowl.
* Meanwhile, cook ziti according to package directions; drain and put into olive oil sprayed baking pan.
* Mix in ricotta cheese and spice mix and stir in baking pan until all pasta is covered with cheese mixture. Then preheat oven to 375 degrees.
* After cheese and pasta mixture are fully covered add tomato sauce and mix until a pink color. Pat down pasta to make a smooth surface in pan. Add additional sauce and fresh mozzarella to top of mixture with some of the basil, oregano, parsleys and pepperoni to bake on top of pasta.
* Cover ziti with aluminum foil and put in oven to bake for 35-40 minutes or until cheese on top is lightly brown.

* Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.



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