Skillet Baked Ziti

It’s been a pretty crazy past few days around here. Baby #3 (we’ve decided to call him Nathan from here on out!) ended up being a week overdue before he finally arrived late Thursday afternoon. He is a big boy, born at 9 lbs 11 ounces and a whopping 21 inches!

nathan

We didn’t home until Saturday night, and are using this week to really get into our new routines and the general “swing of things” with a new baby around. The boys are adjusting just fine, very interested and inquisitive about every detail of Nathan’s life. I feel so lucky to have all these boys to take care of!

Back to this pasta – a cheesy “baked” pasta that’s ready in just a few minutes and only uses one pan – is pretty much a gift sent from the Gods for the crazy nights we have coming up in our future. It was so darned good too, I found myself picking off pieces of pasta for “one more bite” before we packed the leftovers away!

The pasta sauce is easy to bring together, using pantry staples. It gets a heavy dose of flavor from the addition of pork sausage, and richness from the addition of a bit of heavy cream. And I’d imagine that any pasta shape would be fine – although I happen to be partial to the tubular pastas like ziti and penne for these kinds of applications. The pasta is cooked in the sauce on the stove, then when it’s al-dente it’s topped with a good amount of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese that gets melted and browned with a quick trip to the hot oven.

Served with a quick salad and a crunchy piece of garlic bread, it’s too good to be such a delicious and easy weeknight meal. Make this one soon, guys!

Source: ATK’s Pasta Revolution, via Pink Parsley

8 Comments

  1. Posted May 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    Yay! Congratulations! He’s so cute!

  2. barbara
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    He’s perfectly handsome.

  3. Posted May 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM | Permalink

    Wow, this baked ziti looks fantastic! And, congratulations on your newest family addition! He is precious!

  4. Kim in MD
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS! What a sweet baby boy, and I love his hair! I can’t believe you posted this recipe today, but I’m so glad you did. I love one skillet meals, and I have made several versions of this recipe. It is a fool proof, perfect way to make pasta.

  5. Patti L Barber
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations! such a beautiful boy! Enjoy!

  6. Meg
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on the new baby.
    The ziti looks delish. Question: my family doesn’t like chunks of tomato. What do i substitute for crushed tomatoes – tomato sauce? with paste? IDK. Hope you can help

    • Posted May 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

      Crushed tomatoes don’t usually have chunks, but tomato puree would also be fine.

  7. P
    Posted October 16, 2014 at 8:48 PM | Permalink

    this was amazing. I made it on Monday and we feasted on it, and Hubby had lunch for 2 days after that. It was a great one pot meal.

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