Monday, September 27, 2010

Baked Ziti with Hearty Meat Sauce

We ate this a lot last fall and winter. I used my own Meat Sauce and the kids ate it up. So, far this is my favorite Ziti recipe, and with Meat Sauce tucked away in your freezer it is really easy to put together! {Baked Ziti with Hearty Meat Sauce}
adapted from this recipe
2 1/2 - 3 C Meat Sauce (from this recipe here)
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 lb of penne pasta
1 1/2 C ricotta
1 1/2 C shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 C parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg
1/2 T parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix together meat sauce and tomato sauce, and simmer on stove. Prepare pasta by under cooking by 4 minutes, based on the box's directions. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the ricotta, 1 C mozzarella, 2 T parmesan, egg, parsley and black pepper. Mix 1/2 half of the cheese mixture with the cooked pasta.
In your baking dish layer: 1 C of the meast sauce, 1/2 of the pasta, remaining cheese mixture, 1 1/2 C meat sauce, remaining pasta, remaining meat sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes. If your baking dish is VERY full, you will want to place something under it to catch the bubbling over that may occur.
Serve with a vegetable, green salad and bread. Such a comforting fall meal!

1 comment:

Amateur Cook said...

Nice recipe post Megan. Sounds very tasty!

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