You know when people ask you what you would bring to a deserted island? Well, I would bring baked ziti. I could eat it all day everyday! I love this version cause I put in some extra yummy veggies. This crowd pleasing dish can also be made a day ahead : )
This recipe serves 4 (you can easily double and bake in a 9×12 dish)
1/2 lb. of ziti
1/2 eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes
tomato sauce, yours or my recipe
1 cup ricotta cheese
a couple handfuls of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
a few leaves of fresh basil, roughly sliced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
a handful of grated parmesan cheese
a sprinkle of dried oregano
What you'll do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make your tomato sauce. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box until very al dente (chewy) The noodle will cook more in the oven and you don't want them to get too limp. When the noodles are done, toss them in some tomato sauce to coat. (this will prevent sticking) Lightly saute the eggplant cubes in some olive oil with a pinch of salt till they just begin to turn golden.
Now for assembly. Spread some tomato sauce at the bottom of the baking dish. (so the pasta doesn't stick)
I hope you enjoy as much as I do!