Baked Ziti – Quintessential Italian

DSC03834My Maternal Grandparents came to America from Italy in the early 20th century so I come by loving Italian food naturally. I remember my dear Grandmother making pasta in my Mom’s kitchen. Although I didn’t hand make this pasta and the recipe uses your favorite jarred pasta sauce it is delicious. You certainly could make your own sauce and use it here. I also like to serve some sauce on the side for anyone who would like more along with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  This is a great family style company dish that can be dressed up with a great salad and garlic toast. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in the oven, not the microwave. Be sure to use a large sauté pan or your mixture may overflow. Buon appetito!

Classic Baked Ziti

1 pound ziti

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided

1 cup pasta water, reserved from draining ziti

2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Slightly undercook ziti.

Drain reserving 1 cup of pasta water, cover and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In large skillet over medium heat, cook beef, onion and garlic; stirring frequently 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is browned. Drain fat.

Stir in 5 cups spaghetti sauce and reserved pasta water. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Mix the meat/sauce mixture with ziti. Spoon 1/2 of ziti mixture into 13x9x2″ baking dish. Sprinkle with Mozzarella and 1/2 of Parmesan cheese. Top with remaining ziti mixture and remaining 1 cup spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until heated through.

Serves 6 – 8

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2 Responses to Baked Ziti – Quintessential Italian

  1. Gari Anne says:

    I love baked ziti! This is a great and simple recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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