Meatball Baked Ziti – Damn Delicious
November 4, 2020 Cheese-baked ziti with the easiest homemade meatballs. Quick to prepare and so tasty. Comfort food at its best here! Ziti in the oven. My all time favorite comfort food. Except I couldn't just leave it like that. No, I couldn't. I threw in some homemade meatballs and covered all that bad boy […]

November 4, 2020

Baked Ziti with Meatballs - Cheese Baked Ziti with the easiest homemade meatballs.  Quick to prepare and so tasty.  Comfort food at its best here!

Cheese-baked ziti with the easiest homemade meatballs. Quick to prepare and so tasty. Comfort food at its best here!

Baked Ziti with Meatballs - Cheese Baked Ziti with the easiest homemade meatballs.  Quick to prepare and so tasty.  Comfort food at its best here!

Ziti in the oven. My all time favorite comfort food.

Except I couldn't just leave it like that. No, I couldn't. I threw in some homemade meatballs and covered all that bad boy in burrata cheese before baking it to absolute, melted perfection.

Personally, I prefer the burrata here, but if it's not your jam, the mozzarella would be a great substitute. And if you are short on time, you can absolutely replace store-bought meatballs. (Side note: I highly recommend Trader Joe's Mini Meatballs - they are so good and a guilty pleasure for me).

Serve with leftover red wine, crusty bread and a Netflix show worthy of a frenzy. I recently completed Virgin River in 1.5 days and can't wait for season two!

Baked Ziti with Meatballs - Cheese Baked Ziti with the easiest homemade meatballs.  Quick to prepare and so tasty.  Comfort food at its best here!

Ziti cooked with meatballs

Cheese-baked ziti with the easiest homemade meatballs. Quick to prepare and so tasty. Comfort food at its best here!

Entrance

Ziti cooked with meatballs

30 minutes50 minutes

Chungah rhee

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ziti pasta
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/3 cup of Panko
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 jar (32 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 ounces of burrata cheese, torn into large pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, panko, egg yolks, garlic, basil and oregano; season with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 to 1-1 / 4 inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are golden, about 2-3 minutes. Return the meatballs to the pan.
  5. Stir in the wine, scraping the golden pieces from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Stir in the marinara sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavors have combined, about 5 minutes. Remove from fire; stir in pasta, basil and parsley.
  7. Spread the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish; top with burrata.
  8. Place in the oven and bake until bubbly, about 25-30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.