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Baked Anelletti, a true Sicilian pasta with ragu sauce, 2 cheeses, and anelletti pasta all baked together for a delightful pasta forno.
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Baked Anelletti

Baked Anelletti, a true Sicilian pasta with ragu sauce, 2 cheeses, and anelletti pasta all baked together for a delicious pasta forno.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Baked Pasta
Cuisine: Sicilian
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups anelletti pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups Parmesan Romano – grated and divided
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese - grated
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ small onion - chopped
  • ½ small zucchini – chopped
  • 1 to 2 TBS bread crumbs
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 2 TBS olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Saute the onion, garlic, and zucchini in the olive oil until translucent
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned throughout
  • Add the tomato sauce and spices, simmer while pasta is cooking
  • Add the frozen peas in the last few minutes of simmering
  • Boil water and cook the anelletti pasta according to package directions but only until half cooked, just shy of al dente
  • Drain the anelletti pasta
  • Mix the pasta in with the ragu sauce
  • Add the grated mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of the Parmesan Romano
  • Grease the 9x13 pan with a little butter
  • Pour in the pasta with the ragu sauce
  • Sprinkle on the bread crumbs and the rest of the Parmesan Romano cheese
  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes
  • Let sit in pan 10 minutes before serving