Bake Ziti. My Way

Baked Ziti, My Way
Baked Ziti, My Way

I enjoy making this dish for my family and friends. It’s easy to prepare, and I like to get creative with making my sauce. I change my sauce up by adding home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms and vegetables. Everything I add comes for my garden. It always taste better when you use fresh vegetables and herbs!
Prep: 20 min Bake: 45 min
Makes: 6-8 servings
12 oz. uncooked ziti
2 pounds ground beef
1 tps. of each salt. pepper, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning, basil.
1 can or fresh mushrooms
1 jar (24oz.) spaghetti sauce or canned home-style tomatoes (yours)
2 eggs beaten
1 carton (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce, spices and mushrooms.
2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and stir until blended.

Ricotta cheese mixture.
Ricotta cheese mixture.

3. Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in.x9-in. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
4. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. ENJOY!!

Here is my Baked Ziti.

Cover you Ziti with cheese!
Cover you Ziti with cheese!

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Oh, we eat half the Baked Ziti in one siting. That’s how good this is!!

 

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