Monday, June 23, 2014

Baked Ziti ~ By Valerie

For some reason, our family hasn't been real big Italian food lovers.  However, this has been one Italian dish that we all seem to like a lot.   It resembles lasagna in taste, but seems easier to make!

6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing


  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
  • 1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce (We usually add extra sauce which keeps it from being on the dry side.)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups
  • mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Drain pasta; add to
  • cheese mixture and stir until blended. 
  • Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with
  • remaining meat sauce.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a thermometer
  • reads 160°. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15
  • minutes before serving.
  • Yield: 6-8 servings.
Source:  Old Taste of Home magazine clipping

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