Classic Baked Ziti with Meat

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From Mueller's Pasta
Serves 6-8
16 oz ziti pasta
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
6 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
1 cup pasta water, reserved from cooking ziti
8 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1. Slightly undercook ziti, about 6 minutes.  Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.  Cover and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef, onion and garlic, stirring frequently, 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is browned.  Drain excess fat.
4. Stir in 5 cups spaghetti sauce and pasta water.  Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
5. Mix meat/sauce mixture with the ziti.
6. Spoon half of the ziti mixture into 9x13" baking dish.  Sprinkle with Mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
7. Top with remaining Ziti mixture and remaining 1 cup spaghetti sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
8. Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Meal   DinnerCuisine   Italian
Dish   Main DishCooking Method   Baked
Main Ingredient   PastaStyle   One Dish Meals
Prep Time   15 to 30 minutesCooking Time   15 to 30 minutes
Features   Vegetarian


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