La Lama Mountain
The best of the recipes, techniques, and methods practiced by our large extended Italian-American family - with emphasis on the legacy handed down to us by the original immigrants. We add to this collection generally twice a month, and hope to capture and preserve the best of these old traditional favorites before they are lost to time. Over the years we have found it necessary to watch and question and experiment in order to reproduce these wonders with standard measures and obtainable ingredients, and resize them for today's family. There are few left to watch and question.
This is a cookbook-in-process project. If you try any of these recipes please let us know how they turn out, whether or not you had any difficulties, and any clarifying improvements you might recommend to make them foolproof. We will of course acknowledge genuine "test-kitchen" assistance.
Family Secrets #59
Baked Ziti with Four CheesesBy CeCe Dove, La Lama Mountain Ovens
The winter doldrums are well and truly here. The lovely first snowfall and wonder and excitement of Christmas are gone. The first seed catalogs are yet to arrive. What is a body to do? I am cold from my nose to my toes and deep in my soul. I cannot bear to count another gram of fat or carb. It is really easy to solve this dilemma. Into the kitchen we go to whip up a dish that will warm you from the inside out. A dish to share with family and friends and fill the house with wonderful aromas. Simply put, we all need some comfort food right now. Be warned, do not attempt this if you are dieting because you will come back for seconds!
Baked pasta dishes have a long history in Italian cooking, some complicated and time consuming and others simple and rustic. This recipe falls into the latter category. It should take no more than half an hour to put together and another half hour to finish itself off in the oven. Add a salad and some hearty red wine and you will have a wonderful meal fit to serve anyone deserving your table. Some may say this is an Italian version of Mac and Cheese. I say it is much more. Four cheeses combined with good tomato sauce meld together for a much more sophisticated and layered taste than the American cousin.While this recipe calls for Ziti you may substitute any small tubular pasta such as penne or penne rigate. Do not use elbow macaroni. Please use the best cheeses you can find, it is well worth the price in final taste.
Baked Ziti with Four Cheeses
Make the Bechamel:
Assemble the dish:
Altitude Adjustment: None needed.
|Family Secrets #059 - Originally
Published 2/12/06 by La Lama Mountain Ovens.
© 2006 CeCe Dove - Attributed Copies Permitted for Small Quantity Non-Commercial Use Only.
Commercial and Quantity Reproduction Requires Written Permission.
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