dutch oven baked ziti

Dutch Oven Baked Ziti With Sausage and Basil

We’re always on the lookout for a no-boil pasta dish for a quick and easy Dutch Oven meal. This one-pot meal couldn’t be easier and tastes great. Easy to make vegetarian and is great with additional vegetables like mushrooms, onions, or olives.

The Ziti pasta noodles bake in a rich pasta sauce with ricotta cheese and your choice of meet. The noodles absorb all these wonderful flavors creating a rich tasting pasta that is like no other.

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dutch oven baked ziti
Yield: 8

Dutch Oven Baked Ziti With Sausage and Basil

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This delicious no-boil Dutch Oven pasta dish couldn't be easier. The Ziti pasta noodles bake in a rich pasta sauce with ricotta cheese and your choice of meet. The noodles absorb all these wonderful flavors creating a rich tasting pasta that is like no other.

Topped with Mozzarella and basil this simple one-pot meal is sure to please the entire family.

We typically use spicy sausage with this dish but it's great with other meats like chicken or can easily be made vegetarian. We often add mushrooms, onions, or any other vegetables that you enjoy with pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (1 lb 8 oz) pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese (about 8 oz)
  • 4 Tblsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, torn into pieces
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Prepare fire or charcoal briquettes, about 24-30 briquettes.
  2. Pre-heat Dutch Oven and brown sausage or your meat of choice until thoroughly cooked. Drain any excess fat if necessary.
  3. Add pasta sauce, water, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese, mix thoroughly.
  4. Add uncooked pasta and stir until completely covered.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees or with 10 briquettes on bottom and 12 on lid, you're looking for a gentle simmer.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Add small amounts of water if needed.
  7. Once noodles are tender and sauce is absorbed give dish one final stir.
  8. Sprinkle with Mozzarella and fresh basil. Cover for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

How To Determine How Many Coals To Place On, And Under Your Dutch Oven:

The amount and placement of coals on and under your Dutch Oven is important. We often just use the coals from a fire which takes some practice as the heat produced from that is more difficult to measure. We recommend using charcoal briquettes for the most consistent results.

The perfect amount of briquettes is based on your Dutch Oven diameter. For example, if you are using a 10" Dutch Oven, you will need two coals per inch, or a total of 20. To figure out how many coals to place on and under you oven all you need to do is remember the number 2.

For the lid you'll want to place 2 more than the oven size on the lid and for underneath you'll want to place 2 less than the oven size. So for our 10" dutch oven we would place 12 on the lid and 8 on the bottom. For a 12" dutch oven you would place 14 on the lid and 10 on the bottom. This works out to about a 350 degree oven which is just right for most recipes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 349Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 63mgSodium 778mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 21g

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