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4 Steps to Great Baked Pasta


There really is nothing like baked pasta for comfort, warmth and even luxury. There is some evidence that baked pasta is the original preparation of pasta too going back a couple millennia with a lasagna type dish. Baked pasta does take a little more time and involves more steps than a simple pasta dish, but the payoff is worth it. Here are 4 steps to great baked pasta.


1. Cook the pasta less than listed on the package by about 1/2. (ie. shorten a 10 minute cook time to 5 minutes)

2. Don't dump the pasta cooking water. 

3. Integrate all the ingredients before baking.

4. Cover the dish for most of the cooking time and then uncover at the end to give it a little brown.


Recently we had one of our Etto Super Fans share with us a fun creation he calls Etto Pasta Pizza with Figaro. Here is his recipe:

cat shaped pasta being baked in a skillet

FIGARO PIZZA PASTA

AN ETTO SUPER FAN RECIPE

By Chris Gonzales    IG @gonzo_eats





INGREDIENTS


  • ½ lb. ground beef

  • ½ lb. ground sausage, mild, sweet, or hot Italian

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 1 small green bell pepper

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • 32 oz. marinara sauce

  • 8 oz. pizza sauce

  • 1lb Etto  Figaro Pasta

  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 2 ½ cups whole milk/low moisture mozzarella, shredded from a block

  • 25 slices pepperoni

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes to taste


PREPARATION


  • Begin heating a large pot of salted water to cook the pasta in

  • Preheat oven to 375°

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, sausage, and onions and cook for 4 minutes. Add the peppers and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the meat is browned and cooked through. Drain grease.

  • Reduce heat to medium. Add beef broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape off fond. Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and seasonings. Stir to combine and heat for 1 minute.

  • Add the marinara and pizza sauce and stir to combine. Let it simmer, partially covered, while you boil the pasta for 1 minute less than al dente according to package instructions.

  • Reduce the heat of the sauce to low and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

  • Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Stir to combine.

  • Top with mozzarella and then with pepperoni.

  • Cover and bake for 10 minutes.

  • Uncover, and bake for 15 minutes

  • Enjoy!


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Do you have a favorite pasta recipe to share with us? If so email gina@ettopastificio.com and you may just see it here.

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