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What’s Cookin’?: Baked Ziti

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Baked Ziti
What's Cookin'? chef Mariah Oliver from Northwest Community College with KTIV's Matt Breen.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground meat (turkey, beef, Italian sausage, pork)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 pound of pasta (penne or ziti work well)
  • 2 cups of water (plus extra as needed to cover pasta)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • Grated Parmesan for serving


  1. Turn pressure cooker to sauté and add olive oil. Wait until it says "Hot." Add the meat and crumble and brown.
  2. Add onions and spices. Salt and pepper for taste.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes (do not drain), marinara sauce, tomato paste and water. Make sure there is enough liquid to cover the pasta and add more water as necessary.
  4. Turn cooker to cook or manual. Set timer for five minutes. Allow natural release for four minutes and then quick-release pressure. Pasta should be al dente.
  5. Stir in mozzarella cheese. Turn cooker to sauté and cook until cheese is melted. Serve hot with a sprinkle of cheese.
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