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   Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

4 cups ziti sauce (recipe below)
Ziti topping (recipe below)
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Ziti Sauce
4 cups tomato sauce (favorite homemade recipe or store bought)
2 cups Alfredo sauce (favorite homemade recipe or store bought)
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 tsp. garlic pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 Tbsp. shredded fontina cheese

Ziti Topping
3 Tbsp. grated Romano cheese
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

   Combine all sauce ingredients in a large bowl and blend thoroughly. Cover, set aside, and refrigerate until ready to use. Do the same for all topping ingredients. In a large pot, bring 5 quarts of water to a boil; cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is boiling, spray an 8 x 10 or 9 x 12-inch baking dish with pan spray, then pour 1/4 cup of the prepared ziti sauce in the dish. Using the bottom of a spoon, spread the sauce evenly. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. When pasta has finished cooking, drain excess water and pour pasta into a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ziti sauce to the hot pasta. Mix thoroughly and pour into the baking dish. Evenly distribute shredded mozzarella over the mixture and then top with the prepared ziti topping. Place on center rack in oven until top is lightly browned and cheese is bubbling, about 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Serves 4.

 


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