Baked Ziti

For Valentine's Day, I made a delicious baked ziti for the family. It was extremely easy and just as delicious! I see why it had such high ratings on allrecipes.com.
INGREDIENTS
1 pound dry ziti or mastaccioli pasta
2 cups onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (24 ounce) jars PLUS 1 cup of spaghetti sauce**
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
16 ounces sour cream (fat-free is OK)
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente; drain.

In a large skillet, brown onion, garlic and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce; warm through.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a (deep!) 9x13 inch baking dish.  Make sure it's plenty deep; this is a large meal!

Layer as follows:
1/2 of the ziti
Sour Cream (I like to mix the first half of the ziti WITH the sour cream.  Easier and faster)
Provolone cheese
1/2 sauce mixture
remaining ziti
mozzarella cheese
remaining sauce mixture
Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted and ziti is bubbly and warmed all the way through. 

Allow to rest on counter for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!!

**Be sure to buy a nice, flavorful sauce or it will be bland! We choose Ragu Mama's Special Garden Sauce.

3 comments:

Heather B said...

Oh my, does that look delicious!

Aimee said...

Wow! Definitely going to give this a try! :)

Aimee said...

We made this last night... my oh my, it was delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)