Baked Ziti with Beef Ragù and Roasted Cauliflower
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 4 ouncescauliflower florets
- 1yellow onion
- 2 clovesgarlic
- 12 ouncesground beef
- 6 ouncesziti pasta
- 1/4 teaspooncrushed red pepper
- 1 cuptomato purée
- 2 ouncesshredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 ouncegrated Parmesan cheese
- 1aluminum tin
What You’ll Need
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 8" medium pot
- aluminum foil
- baking sheet
- 10" medium high-sided pan
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse cauliflower and cut into ½-inch florets, if needed. Peel onion, halve, and thinly slice. Mince garlic. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Add cauliflower to prepared sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper as desired. Arrange in a single layer and roast until slightly browned and softened, 12-14 minutes (it will continue cooking with the pasta in Step 6). Meanwhile, pat beef dry with paper towel.
Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a medium high-sided pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add beef and season with ½ teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired. Cook, breaking up, until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a plate. Discard almost all fat from pan, leaving a thin layer behind for the next step.
Cook pasta and sauté aromatics
While beef browns, season boiling water generously with salt. Stir in ziti and cook until almost al dente, about 7 minutes (it will continue cooking in Step 6). Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, return pan from beef to medium-high heat. When fat is shimmering, add onion, garlic, and up to half of crushed red pepper (it's spicy, so feel free to use less) and sauté, stirring, until softened, 2-3 minutes.
Finish beef ragù
To pan with aromatics, still over medium-high heat, add tomato purée and beef and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired. Add roasted cauliflower, cooked ziti, half of mozzarella, and half of Parmesan to pan with ragù and stir to combine. Remove and discard foil from sheet; reserve for the next step.
Bake and plate ziti
Reshape aluminum tin, if bent, and place on baking sheet from cauliflower. Pour in ziti and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle over remaining mozzarella and remaining Parmesan. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbling, 7-10 minutes. Let cool slightly, then divide baked ziti between serving plates. Buon appetito!