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Submitted by Nannobear

Baked Ziti Bolognese

Makes one 9” square pan, about 9 servings"

Ingredients

Bolognese Sauce:
½ tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¾ pound meatloaf mix (combination of ground beef, pork and veal)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup whole milk
¼ cup dry white wine
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes, tomatoes roughly chopped

Bechamel Sauce:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
4-1/2 tablespoons unbleached, all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
pinch freshly ground nutmeg
½ pound ziti cooked to manufacturers instructions
nonstick cooking spray


Instructions

Place butter, olive oil, onion, carrot, and celery in a 3-quart, microwave safe casserole. Place in the Cuisinart® Convection Microwave Oven with Grill and microwave on high (PL 10) for 3 minutes. Add the chopped garlic to the casserole and microwave on high for an additional minute. Add ground meat and ½ teaspoon of salt and microwave again on high for 10 minutes. Break up meat well with a wooden spoon. Add milk to casserole and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir ingredients together and add the wine and microwave again for 4 minutes. Add remaining salt and tomatoes and microwave for 25 minutes. Remove and reserve.
Place the 6 tablespoons of butter in a separate microwave safe casserole or measuring cup (at least 4 cup capacity) and place in microwave on half power (PL 5) for 45 seconds, add another 10 seconds to completely melt. Add the flour and microwave on partial power (PL 6) for 1 minute. Stir well and add the milk. Microwave on full power (PL 10) for 5 minutes and then remove and whisk well. Continue to microwave using 5-minute increments, whisking each time. Be sure to whisk well in the corners. Repeat process until béchamel is thick, about 3 times. Stir béchamel into the Bolognese and then stir the pasta into the sauce and stir well to fully coat all of the pasta.
Preheat the oven to 350°F on the convection setting. Coat a 9” square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the pasta into the pan. Once oven is preheated, place pan on the grill rack in the lower rack position. Select Combination Fast Bake on 350°F and bake for 20 minutes. Select the first Grill Combination (G-1) and grill for 5 to 8 minutes, until the top is golden and bubbling.

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Servings

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Nutritional Information
Per Serving

Calories 348 (46% from fat) • carb. 30g • pro. 15g • fat 18g • sat. fat 9g • chol. 58mg • sod. 503mg • calc. 128mg • fiber 2g


This recipe can be prepared using the following Cuisinart® products:
Convection Microwave Oven and Grill