Baked Ziti with Charred Tomatoes

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The Unfussy Version of a Hearty Italian Favorite
Making baked ziti can be time-consuming, since it often entails making sauce, boiling pasta and assembling and baking the dish. The smart cooks behind Cook It in Cast Iron (the latest cookbook from the experts at America's Test Kitchen) streamlined the process and managed to achieve excellent results in less time (and with fewer pots!). The secret: a cast-iron skillet. It helps give the tomatoes a char that infuses the sauce with deep flavor. Plus, you cook the ziti right in the sauce, so you don't need an extra pot.

Get the recipe: Baked Ziti with Charred Tomatoes