by Susan Hanna
This baked pasta recipe from Bon Appetit is perfect comfort food on a chilly fall night. You will need a few hours to prepare this dish, but you can make it ahead.
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I use Unico canned tomatoes. Check the ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella to ensure they do not contain colour. For more recipes using all-natural ingredients, visit Eye For A Recipe.
Classic marinara sauce
- ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 sprigs basil
- 2 28-ounce cans (796 ml) whole peeled tomatoes
- 12 ounces (340 g) jumbo pasta shells
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups (500 ml) whole-milk fresh ricotta
- 3 ounces (85 g) Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
- ¼ cup (60 ml) finely chopped parsley
- 8 ounces (226 g) low-moisture mozzarella, coarsely grated, divided
- 3 cups (750 ml) Classic marinara sauce, divided
Classic marinara sauce
Heat oil in a medium heavy pot over medium. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 5 minutes; stir in basil. Add tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you go; season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
Do Ahead: Sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months.
- Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C). Cook shells in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente; drain. Run under cold water to stop the cooking and drain again.
- Lightly whisk egg yolks and egg in a large bowl. Stir in ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, and 1½ cups (375 ml) mozzarella; season with salt and pepper. Transfer filling to a large re-sealable plastic bag.
- Spread 1½ cups (375 ml) marinara sauce in a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 22 cm) baking dish. Snip off 1 end of plastic bag and, working one at a time, squeeze filling into shells, arranging them in a single layer in baking dish as you go. Top with remaining 1½ cups (375 ml) marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake shells until sauce is bubbling throughout, 35–40 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes.
- Carefully move rack to top of oven and heat broiler. Uncover pasta and broil until lightly browned on top, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and more Parmesan and drizzle with oil. Serves 8.
Do Ahead: Pasta can be baked 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat, covered, at 375° (190° C).
From Bon Appetit