Baked Ziti


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Ingredients You'll Need

Marinara Sauce:
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sugar


1 lb. ziti pasta, cooked and drained
1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed crumbled, cooked and drained
1/2 hamburger meat, cooked with Italian sausage
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1 egg





Directions

1 lb. ziti pasta, cooked and drained


1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed crumbled, cooked and drained


1/2 hamburger meat, cooked with Italian sausage


8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese


1/2 cup parmesan cheese


1 (15 oz) ricotta cheese


1 egg


Marinara Sauce (recipe follows)


Combine mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta and egg. Combine sausage, hamburger meat and marinara sauce.


Spread about 1/3 cup marinara meat mixture on the bottom of a greased 9x13. Layer 1/2 pasta, 1/2 cheese mixture and 1/2 marinara meat mixture. Repeat. Sprinkle with extra mozzerella chese. Bake 350 for 30-40 minutes, cover with foil if cheeses begins to brown too much.


Marinara Sauce


1 cup chopped onion


1/2 cup green bell pepper


1/4 cup finely chopped celery


3 cloves garlic, minced


2 tbsp olive oil


1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes


1 can (6 oz) tomato paste


1/2 tsp basil


1/4 tsp oregano


1/2 tsp Italian seasoning


1/2 tsp sugar


In a large skillet cook onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. If necessary, uncover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency; stirring occasionally.


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