Tyler Florence shares his recipe for Baked Ziti. He starts a pan of salted water heating up for the ziti pasta. He crumbles spicy pork Italian sausage and sweet pork Italian sausage and adds them to a saute pan with a bit of oil to start browning. He adds chopped fresh basil and thyme to the sausage. He also adds sliced onions and crushed garlic to the sausage. He opens a can of whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes and crushes them by hand and adds them to the sausage to make the sauce. Tyler drains the cooked ziti and adds it back to the pot in which it cooked, then adds the sauce to the ziti and stirs it together. He adds chopped up mozzarella and fresh grated Parmesan to the pasta. He adds a little chile flake to add some spice. He pours the ziti into a baking dish, sprinkles more Parmesan cheese on top and makes a “roof” with slices of buffalo mozzarella cheese. He bakes it at 375 degrees F.
Tyler Florence prepares to make pizza margherita by adding some extra-virgin olive oil to a preheated pan. He adds four cloves of chopped garlic, and about two tablespoons each of fresh Mediterranean oregano and thyme. He then uses food scissors to cut up canned whole tomatoes before adding them to the pan and stirring. He seasons with salt and fresh cracked pepper. While the sauce cooks, he kneads his homemade dough and stretches it into an oblong shape, like a flatbread. A sheet pan is heating in an oven set to 450 degrees F. He removes the sheet pan from the oven, coats it with extra-virgin olive oil and lays the pizza dough on top, where it begins cooking immediately. Tyler uses a ladle to add the Neapolitan sauce on top of the dough. He uses the ladle to drain some of the liquid so it doesn’t make the dough soggy. He then adds chunks of buffalo mozzarella to the pizza. Tyler tops it all off with whole basil leaves, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and some salt and fresh cracked pepper. After baking for 15 to 20 minutes at 450 degrees F, the pizza margherita is ready.