Saturday, November 20, 2010

cooler weather - baked Ziti

adapted from Real Simple November 2005 page 338

Delicious on a cool fall day.

Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti

Cook according to package directions:
1 pound ziti

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In large pan:
heat 1 T oil

1 large onion diced
3/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
cook for 5-7 minutes

1 lb lean ground beef to onion mixture and cook 5-8 minutes, until no trace of pink remains
Drain any liquid.

Add to meat mixture & cook for 2 minutes:
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c chopped fresh oregano

Add to meat mixture and heat for 3 minutes:
1 26 oz jar pasta sauce

Remove from heat and Add:
drained ziti
1/2 c grated Parmesan
1 15-oz container ricotta
1 10-oz box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Mix well
Spread mixture in 9x13 dish (I used individual serving dishes).

Sprinkle tops with
1 c. grated mozzarella

Bake until mozzarella melts, about 15 minutes.

(recipe states this makes 4 servings; I think it makes at least 8)

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