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Ziti Bake

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By zina
Member since 2007

Serves 8 | Prep Time | Cook Time 40-50


1 (16-oz.) pkg. ziti macaroni
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 tsp. salt
1 (8-oz.) pkg. mozzarella, shredded

Spaghetti Sauce:
2 Tbsp. salad oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium garlic clove, minced
2 (15-oz. each) cans tomato sauce
1 (12-oz.) can tomato paste
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp. oregano leaves
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper
1 bay leaf

Prepare spaghetti sauce: In a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, in hot salad oil, cook the onion and garlic until tender, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Do not burn the garlic.

Add the tomato sauce and remaining ingredients and over high heat bring to boiling.

Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and cook for 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

Meanwhile, in 8-qt. Dutch oven, prepare ziti as label directs; drain and set aside. In same Dutch oven over med-high heat, cook ground beef until well browned, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Remove Dutch oven from heat; stir in ricotta, next 5 ingredients and half of the spaghetti sauce until well mixed. Add ziti and toss gently to coat well.

Spoon the mixture into 13 x 9” baking pan; pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over ziti mixture; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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This is another one of my family's favorites. It's hearty and quite delicious.

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