Baked Ziti
Recipe from Smithfield

This hearty dish is perfect for delivering dinner to friends or storing in the freezer for a last minute meal.



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Servings: 10
Total Time: 40 mins
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Ingredients
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    Smithfield Italian Pork Strips
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    4   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    small eggplant, cut into 1/2 cubes
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    yellow onion, diced
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    garlic cloves minced
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    1/2  cup 
    dry red wine
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    1  28  ounce can 
    crushed tomatoes
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    8   ounces 
    ziti, cooked al dente
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    1/3  cup 
    kalamata olives, rinsed and chopped
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    2 1/2  cups 
    mozzarella, shredded
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    Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

Directions
1.
Prepare ziti as directed on the box. Drain and rinse with cold water. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.
Saute eggplant in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 6 minutes over medium heat in a large skillet, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl. Add 2 additional tablespoons of olive oil to pan. Saute the garlic and onion until soft about 5 minutes. Add red wine and tomatoes to pan and bring to a boil. Add this mixture to the eggplant, olives and 2 cups of mozzarella. Mix well and place in a prepared 9x13 inch casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Cover and bake for 25 minutes or until bubbling.
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