Whenever J and I go to Olive Garden, I order the 5 Cheese Ziti. When I order something else, I wish I ordered the 5 Cheese Ziti. After doing this a couple of times, I learned and have a regular order. While I have looked at copycat recipes for this amazing dish, I've never found anything that has made me sit up and want to try it. The garlic, the cheese...how could I replicate the sauce? Until now. I finally found one to try.
This month for Group A's reveal for the Secret Recipe Club, I was given the blog, Cheese with Noodles. Anna lives in Alaska with her husband, her bunnies and her cats. Like me, she doesn't take the beautiful pictures that I aspire to...nor does she photo every recipe. She does say, however, that the recipes need to be amazing to make it onto her blog. Amazing food? Count me in!
This ziti recipe looked easy, made a ton, and had lots of garlic. Plus, with the cream in the sauce, perhaps it would be like that which I love from Olive Garden. Information that could prove to be very dangerous in the wrong hands, which in this case would be mine.
I present to you now Cheese with Noodles' Dreamy Baked Ziti:
Ingredients:From Cheese with Noodles
1 lb ziti
2 Tbsp oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp Italian herb mix
1 Tbsp basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 lb cottage cheese
4 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 c cream
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13" pan and a piece of foil that will fit over top of the casserole dish. Cook pasta in boiling water until almost cooked through (it will continue to cook in the oven, and you don't want it to get soggy!)
2. In a medium saucepan, heat oil and garlic, cooking until fragrant. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, herbs, and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes, until cooked through.
3. In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, half the parmesan, half the mozzarella, salt, and the cream into which the cornstarch has been blended. Stir together and add 1 c of the tomato sauce. Drain pasta, rinse with cool water, and add to the cheese mixture.
4. Pour pasta maixture into the 9x13" pan and spread evenly. Pour tomato sauce over the pasta, spreading evenly and scattering with reserved parmesan and mozzarella. Cover with greased foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.