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Cheesy Baked Ziti {Make-Ahead/Freezer Meal}

Not only is this cheesy baked ziti super easy to make AND crazy delicious, but it can be made ahead of time and frozen. Time to stock the freezer with cheesy pasta casseroles! Oh, today is a good day! It’s a Monday! And before you cringe (I don’t love Mondays all the time either), we’re […]
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Not only is this cheesy baked ziti super easy to make AND crazy delicious, but it can be made ahead of time and frozen. Time to stock the freezer with cheesy pasta casseroles!

Oh, today is a good day!
It’s a Monday! And before you cringe (I don’t love Mondays all the time either), we’re talking all things cheesy pasta.
So yeah, it’s a good day, Monday or not.
I’ve been excited for months to bring you this cheesy baked ziti – an exclusive look at one of the recipes in America’s Test Kitchen new book: The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook.
And stay tuned, because tomorrow, I’ll be taking over ATK’s Instagram stories to show you an inside look at making this amazing casserole (including a few funny outtakes).

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"2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil",
"1/2 teaspoon salt",
"1/2 teaspoon pepper",
"12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)",
"3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)",
"1 1/2 pounds ziti noodles",
"2 tablespoons olive oil",
"3 garlic cloves, finely minced",
"1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more to taste, if desired)",
"2 (28-ounces each) cans crushed tomatoes",
"1/4 cup chopped fresh basil"
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"Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.For the ricotta mixture, in a small bowl, mix together the ricotta, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper.In another bowl (or bag), toss together the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.For the ziti noodles, bring about 6 quarts or so of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and a tablespoon of salt and cook, stirring to break up any clumps, until the noodles just begin to soften, 5-6 minutes. Before draining, reserve 1 1/2 cups of...


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