Cauliflower Baked Ziti



INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. thinly sliced basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, (about 3 cups) cut into florets, blanched, and drained well
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh ricotta
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for one minute. Add meat and season with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink, 6 minutes. Drain fat.
  2. Return saucepan over medium heat and add tomato paste and oregano. Cook for 2 minutes more, until slightly darkened. Add crushed tomatoes and bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and flavors have melded, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil.

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