This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs we're cookin' meatballs! That's right. Meatballs, Giada style. Click the button below to join the fun.
Can you believe I've never had baked ziti? There's about 10 million (give or take) recipes for it out there. And people seem to love it. Especially for feeding massive crushes of people.
Giada's Baked Ziti W/ Meatballs intrigued me because of...yep...you guessed it. The meatballs. It isn't too often that I've seen meatballs in baked ziti. Though considering I've never eaten the dish, that's not surprising, right?
* used my mom's meatball recipe, added the Romano & parsley from Giada's
* used jarred marinara (yeah, there goes my New Year's not-a-resolution of eating fewer processed foods) which I seasoned to taste with garlic and red pepper flakes
* seasoned the ricotta with dried basil, oregano, and more red pepper flakes b/c some of the foodnetwork reviewers thought this was bland
The verdict: we all liked this a lot. Especially the crusty cheesy top