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    The Sopranos -Ziti al Forno (Baked Ziti)

    Source of Recipe

    The Sopranos Cookbook

    Recipe Introduction

    In an episode of "The Sopranos," Father Phil's lust for Carmela's baked ziti was such that she complained she felt used by the priest. Father Phil sexualizes food to exert power over women, according to psychoanalyst Glen O. Gabbard, author of "The Psychology of the Sopranos: Love, Death, Desire and Betrayal in America's Favorite Gangster Family."

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    List of Ingredients

    1 pound ziti
    Salt to taste
    4 to 5 cups Sunday Gravy* with meatballs, divided
    1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
    1 cup ricotta
    8 ounces mozzarella, cut into small dice


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Cook ziti until al dente according to package instructions. Drain ziti, transfer to large bowl and toss with about 3 cups of Sunday gravy and half of the pecorino. Gently stir in meatballs from Sunday gravy.

    Spoon half the ziti mixture into a 3 1/2-quart baking dish (a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish works well). Spread ricotta, mozzarella and half the remaining pecorino evenly over top.

    Pour 1 cup of remaining Sunday gravy evenly over top.

    Top with remaining ziti mixture. If mixture looks dry, pour another cup of Sunday gravy over top. Sprinkle remaining pecorino on top. Cover dish with foil. (Ziti can be refrigerated for up to 12 hours at this point. Remove dish from refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking.) Bake ziti for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 to 30 minutes longer, until center is hot and sauce is bubbling around edges. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.
    YIELD: 8 to 12 servings.




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