Skillet Ziti*

In CategoryCooking, Navel Gazing

Last night, my son was peppering me with questions while I was making dinner. Why this? Why that? Why, Why, Why? It’s like being in the path of verbal machine gun.

Finally, I broke in and said, “WHY do you ask so many QUESTIONS?” and he goes, “Mom, the inside of my head is just full of question marks!”

Which I thought was very cute and probably accurate. He went on to say, “I want to know everything, just like YOU do, mom!”

My leaflet-dropping campaign is starting to bear fruit.

In other news, I have a recipe to share. It’s not a freezer recipe this time. It’s just a good old-fashioned, middle of the week dinner with like, three ingredients. Big and I were watching America’s Test Kitchen about a month ago and when he saw this, he wanted to try it immediately. We’ve been making it once a week, and even though it doesn’t come out of the freezer and get re-heated by Jim while I sit on the couch, it’s still dang easy. AND it only dirties one pan. I was scrambling to get down all the ingredients so this might not be entirely accurate, but this is how I make it and it’s yum.

Behold –

 Skillet Ziti

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can water
  • 12 ounces dried tube pasta
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk (or cream)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

This recipe needs to be cooked in an oven-proof skillet that is at least 11″ in diameter.

Preheat oven to 425°

To a cold skillet, add oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook on medium about one minute, until fragrant. Then add tomatoes, 1 can of water, pasta, and salt. Turn heat up to high and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat and continue to cook at a simmer.

Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is done. When the pasta is done, stir in milk and parmesan cheese. Top with mozzarella cheese. Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and brown.

* Yet another super-lame Blog Post Title. It’s the middle of the night, I can’t waste all my Alone Time thinking of clever titles. Get off my back already. Jeez.

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4 Responses to “Skillet Ziti*”

  1. Green V-Neck Says:

    Oh my god, I wish I could cook with cheese and cream and real pasta because I would eat the HELL out of that. In fact, I might just make it all for myself.
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  2. Connie Weiss Says:

    I can’t wait to make this!! YUM!!
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..I Blame Sanjay

  3. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa Says:

    It is what it is. What’s wrong with the name? Looks great!

  4. Diane Says:

    Looks great, may have to try this one. My granola recipe didn’t turn out so well. Didn’t want to stick together in bar form. Is your recipe for bars or just granola? If in bar form could you email it to me –
    Diane´s last blog post ..Baking Day and Grocery Shopping