Baked Ziti

Shortly after I was married (almost five years ago) I discovered this recipe on allrecipes and have been making it ever since. In fact, I can make it from memory -- brown meat and onion, pour spaghetti sauce, cook ziti and start layering with cheese. Yep, it's that simple. I highly recommend it and I am often asked for the recipe.

I have a weakness for all things cheese so I add a lot more than the recipe recommends. Yum.

Baked Ziti
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.


Laura P. said...

My husband loooovvveessss baked Ziti so I will definitely have to give this dish a try. I also love allrecipes.com btw. : )

Melissa said...

Baked pasta dishes are something I am always in the mood for. Yours sounds delicious!