How to make it

  • To prepare the sauce:Combine the crushed tomatoes and paste and 2 28-ounce cans of water in an 8-quart pot. Add more water, if needed.
  • Add the baking soda and turn up the heat until it foams, to remove the acid from the tomatoes. Stir constantly. Turn the heat down and add the olive oil, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, sugar and garlic.
  • To prepare the meatballs: Combine the ground meat and ground pork. Season with salt and pepper, and add the oregano, basil, garlic salt, eggs, milk, cubed Italian bread, and Romano or parmesan cheese. Brown the meatballs in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Add the meatballs to the sauce. Cook for at least 2 hours, stirring as needed.
  • To prepare the pasta: Prepare according to the package directions
  • Toss the pasta, sauce and meatballs and serve.
  • Makes 30 to 40 medium-size meatballs and 12 meal-size servings of pasta using 2 pounds of ziti.

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    " It was excellent "
    bobbyc0117 ate it and said...
    Only in N.E Ohio / Western Baked Ziti considered tailgate food and I love it. 5 from me.
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  • possumqueen 9 years ago
    Gotta love any recipe that has anything to do with western PA!!!!
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