I have an announcement. You no longer have to be deprived of pasta if you are on a gluten free diet. I have found a pasta that is gluten free that tastes just like regular pasta. I have been feeding it to my family for about a month and no one has noticed.
The pasta is Gluten Free Barilla Ziti. I buy it at my regular old supermarket. It’s in the normal pasta aisle and is just a smidge more expensive than regular pasta. I’ve been serving it with jarred tomato sauce, but I wanted to try out a possible Easter recipe, so I fancied it up a bit this week and made a Baked Ziti. It came out really good and I do believe it will make the Easter table.
Gluten Free Baked Ziti
- 2 Boxes Barilla Gluten Free Ziti
- 1 LB Ground Beef
- 1 Red Pepper (chopped)
- 1 White Onion (chopped)
- 2 Jars Pasta Sauce (Be sure it's Gluten Free!)
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
- 1/2 tsp Italian Season
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a pan to medium and add the ground beef to brown.
Add the chopped onion, red pepper and spices to the ground beef.
While the beef is browning, boil your pasta. I recommend boiling for 8 minutes, then testing to see if it is al dente. You are going to be baking this, so the pasta will continue to cook and soften while it bakes. You do not want soggy pasta. No one likes soggy pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, add the two jars of sauce to your ground beef mixture and let simmer until the pasta is cooked.
Add a ladle full of the sauce mixture to the bottom of a lasagna pan.
Add a layer of pasta to the lasagna pan, a layer of sauce on top of the pasta and then dollop with ricotta and sprinkle with mozzarella.
Continue layering pasta, sauce and cheeses until you have filled the pan and/or run out of ingredients.
Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot throughout.
As always, check your labels to make sure that everything you put into this recipe is definitely gluten free.
And, REJOICE! You can eat pasta again and not have a gluten hangover after!