Baked Ziti With Charred Tomatoes

Baked Ziti With Charred Tomatoes


1-1/2 pounds grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
12 ounces (3-3/4 cups) ziti
3 cups water, plus extra as needed
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup) (Spoon Buddy to measure)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (Use Strip-n-Snip to strip basil)
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)


1) Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Heat 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Toss tomatoes with oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Add tomatoes to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred and blistered, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Rest messy utensil on Spoon Buddy. Off heat, coarsely mash tomatoes using potato masher.

2) Stir in pasta and water and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to vigorous simmer, cover, and cook, stirring often, until pasta is tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

3) Stir in Parmesan and adjust sauce consistency with extra hot water as needed. Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Transfer skillet to oven using your Pan Buddy and broil until cheese is melted and spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Serve.

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