One-Pan Baked Ziti

Circle B Kitchen

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 garlic cloves, minced

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

3 cups water

12 ounces ziti (3 3/4 cups)

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup minced fresh basil leaves

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Making the Minutes Count: Measure the water and the pasta before you begin cooking. Prep the Parmesan and basil while the pasta cooks.

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 475 degrees.

2. Combine oil, garlic, pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 12-inch, oven-safe nonstick skillet and sauté over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes, water, ziti, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

3. Stir in cream, Parmesan, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over ziti. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10 minutes. Serve.