This has been a favorite recipe of mine for a long time. I’m not a big casserole person, but I love baked ziti. It’s so easy to put together and it’s delicious. You can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge or freezer to make later.
This is a quicky post with a not so fabulous photograph, but the brood was hungry and howling for dinner… so it goes.
1 lb box of ziti
4 cups prepared spaghetti sauce (homemade or jar)
1 lb ground beef
15 oz container ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook the ziti pasta per package directions, drain.
Brown the ground beef until no longer pink, drain. Stir in the ricotta, parsley, egg, salt, pepper and 2 cups of the spaghetti sauce. Add cooked ziti and toss to coat.
Put ziti mixture into a 13×9 baking pan and cover with the remaining 2 cups of spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.
Sauce note: I use a homemade sauce which consists simply of 1 14-oz can tomato sauce, 2 6-oz cans of tomato paste, 2 14-oz cans water, 2 tablespoons dried basil and some fresh ground pepper. I usually saute a couple cloves of garlic and some minced onion in olive oil first, then add the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a 20 minutes or so.