I'm always on the hunt for no boil baked pasta recipes, when you're camping or cooking outdoors it's so much easier to toss everything in your dutch oven and let it bake. I added Italian sausage and fresh basil to this recipe from Ragu but you can easily omit them and still have a tasty dinner. If you don't feel like browning the sausage, slice up some pre-cooked sun-dried tomato chicken sausage and toss that in instead. In my 12 inch dutch oven, the pasta baked for a total of 55 minutes with 12 coals in a ring around the base of the oven and 28-30 spaced evenly on the lid. This is a dish that needs no tending, however, before you add the final topping of mozzarella, give the pasta a good stir to help the cheese distribute evenly. This is pretty darned good for such a simple meal, the ziti was tender, not overly dry and the sausage gave it some heft, a definite campfire keeper.
No Boil Baked Ziti with Sausage and Basil
1 jar (1 lb 8 oz) pasta sauce
2 cups water
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese (about 8 oz)
2 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
Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven.
Remove Italian sausage from casings, crumble and cook over medium heat until browned and cooked through; drain on paper towels.
Combine pasta sauce and water in large bowl.
Stir in ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, then uncooked ziti.
Add sausage and fresh basil, stir until well combined.
Evenly pour ziti mixture into prepared oven, making sure all of the pasta is completely submerged.
Bake for 50 minutes at 400 degrees.
Stir pasta and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Continue cooking for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
|Pour ziti mixture into prepared dutch oven making
sure pasta is completely submerged in sauce