Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti

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from Real Simple, November 2005
1 pound ziti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano (opt)
26 ounces pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan
15 ounce ricotta
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed & squeezed
1 cup grated mozzarella
1. Cook ziti according to the package instructions.  Heat oven to 400.  In a large pot, over med-low heat, heat the oil.  Add onion, salt & pepper.  Cover & cook until the onion is softened, 5-7 minutes.  Add the beef, increase heat to med-high, and cook until no trace of pink remains, 5-8 minutes.  Drain any remaining liquid.  Add the garlic & oregano (if using) and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the pasta sauce & heat for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
2. Add the parmesan, ricotta & spinach and toss again.  Spread the mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish or individual ramekins and sprinkle with the mozzarella.  Bake until the mozzarella melts, about 15 minutes.
Meal   DinnerDish   Main Dish
Cooking Method   BakedPrep Time   15 to 30 minutes

Rebecca Firestone

Member since Nov 2007

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