Friday, March 30, 2012

Baked Ziti

This was sooo good even our little 8 month old ate it!

 Make the sauce, brown the meat, add in onions, then once brown add in 2 jars of sauce and the italian seasoning ..bring to a simmer.
 boil noodles...
 lay 1/2 the noodles down, lay 1/2 the sauce on top of the noodles..
 lay the cheese on top, I used 10 slices..

 spread the sour cream on top of that..
 add the rest of the noodles..
 the remaining sauce...
 top layer is mozzarella and parmesan cheese...

 Bake at 350 for 30 minutes!

Baked Ziti
Source: adapted from Allrecipes
Makes 10 servings
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped (make sure onion is finely chopped)
1 pound Italian sausage ( or ground beef...I used ground beef this time)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce ( I used one Garlic and Onion and one Sausage)
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced ( 10 rounds)
1 1/2 cups sour cream
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown onion and sausage (or beef ) over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for a minute or so. Add spaghetti sauce and Italian seasonings, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2 sauce mixture, Provolone cheese, sour cream, remaining ziti, remaining sauce mixture and then mozzarella cheese. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted. You may want to cover it for the first 20 minutes with foil and then let the cheese melt and brown for the last 10 minutes.

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