The Best Dish to take to a Friend
This Baked Ziti is arguably one of my most popular recipes – and for good reason! It’s one of the recipes that I make for my own family most often and it’s an excellent fit for so many occasions. While I’ve entertained with this dish as it feeds a crowd easily, the times I make it most often are when I’m taking a meal to a friend.
Whether they’ve just had a baby, been sick, or just need a pick-me-up, this Baked Ziti is my go-to. When I take someone a Baked Ziti I usually bake it at home then arrive with it warm and ready to eat (and usually bring a Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread with a pint of ice cream for dessert). Or if I know they won’t be eating it that day, I’ll wrap it tightly and include instructions for freezing on top of the foil with a sharpie. They go something like this:
THAWING INSTRUCTIONS for Baked Ziti
Freeze tightly covered for up to 3 weeks. To cook, pull ziti from the freezer and defrost in your refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 375º F then transfer ziti to the oven (still covered with foil) for 25 minutes. Carefully remove foil, increase oven to broil and broil for 5 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Enjoy!
One last note on this favorite recipe. It’s written as a vegetarian recipe, but about half of the time I make this recipe I’ll add 1 lb. of sweet Italian sausage to satisfy the meat lovers in my life. To make this happen I simply brown the sausage in a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until golden brown and crispy. Then I’ll transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. I’ll stir the cooked sausage into the sauce mixture just before combining with the pasta.
Do you have a go-to dish for taking to someone who needs a meal? This is by far my favorite!