Baked Ziti! This one is for your holiday entertaining. I mean, who doesn’t love …

Baked Ziti!❤️🍝 This one is for your holiday entertaining. I mean, who doesn’t love a hearty plant-based pasta? #LightlifePartner This one is made in collaboration with @lightlifefoods using their new and improved Plant-Based Ground. It’s made with simple ingredients, it’s protein packed, tastes great, and truly nobody will miss the meat. My fam absolutely LOVED this Baked Ziti and I’m sure yours will too. Get the recipe below.👇Happy feasting. #Lightlife #CleanBreak

Serves 6
Prep time: 30 mins

Cashew Cheese
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked and strained
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup nutritional yeast
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp sea salt

Pasta and everything else:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 bell peppers, finely chopped
¼ tsp sea salt
1 packet @Lightlifefoods Plant-Based Ground
3 cups tomato sauce
1 lb (450g) ziti noodles
1 cup plant-based cheese, mozzarella, shredded

Prep the cashew cheese: in a high-speed blender add cashews, water, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, tapioca starch, onion powder and salt. Blend until smooth.

Drizzle the olive oil in a large deep skillet on medium heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and sea salt. Cook until softened, about 10 mins. Add the plant-based ground and cook, stirring often until browned, about 5 mins. Pour in the tomato sauce and bring to a low simmer.

Pre-heat oven to 375F/190C. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the ziti. Cook until almost al-dente, about 6 mins (they should be just undercooked). Strain and add back to the pot. Scoop 1 cup of the tomato sauce and mix to combine.

Assemble the Ziti! Scoop 1 ½ cups of the tomato sauce into a large casserole dish (8×11 inches) for an even layer. Next add the noods, followed by the remaining tomato sauce. Drizzle with the cashew cheese to cover, and sprinkle with the cheese.

Place a baking tray on the bottom rack to catch overspill, and bake ziti for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and edges are golden.

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