You did’nt think I would leave you for the weekend without a new recipe to try did you? You know I am all about the “quick and easy” when having people over for dinner; but you still want your meal to taste really good. Nothing is better than a deliciously preapred baked ziti. It’s a timeless Italian traditional meal
Baked ziti is such an easy and yet impressive meal to make. It won’t take much effort for you to put this meal together for your family and friends. Once again you will reign as a kitchen queen and others will be impressed with your cooking prowess. You know me, I like meals that are fast and easy to make; why? Because it leaves me with more (as you may know by now) prep time! I can be touching up my nail polish or setting my table.
Baked Ziti is comprised of three components, sauce, filling and cooked pasta. These ingredients are assembled after being prepared, then baked before serving. The final result is much like lasagna, but much soooo much easier and faster to prepare and just as good. This can also be made meatless for all of our DIVA vegetarians out there.
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef, turkey, or vegetable meatless crumbles
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 ricotta cheese
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and ricotta and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.