Mom has made this Baked Ziti forever, or it feels like it anyways, and hopefully it will become one of your favorites! Just looking at it makes me drool! Enjoy!
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 1/2 pound ziti
- 1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese (may use less if desired)
- 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 3 cups bottled spaghetti sauce divided (I use the whole jar)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cloves garlic,minced or about 1 teaspoon of kind in a jar
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic; stirring frequently. Cook until done then add spaghetti sauce and oregano. Let Simmer. In a large pot, cook ziti in boiling water until just barely tender; drain and place in a large bowl. Mix the ricotta cheese WITH appx.4 ounces OF mozzarella cheese and about 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce with the ziti. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan; cover bottom of pan with 1/3 the spaghetti sauce. Spoon half the ziti mixture into the pan; cover with half OF the remaining spaghetti sauce and half of the cheese.
Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cheese melts and is lightly golden.
Note: serve with garlic toast and salad
Note 2: For a lighter toast version, place toast under broiler to brown then rub in garlic clove to add flavor (see pic)