Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Dinner - Baked Ziti - Mmmmmm...

Happy Sunday to you all.

I've promised to mix in some cooking and recipe posts so here goes.   Nope, nothing as pretty or complicated as this purdy little turkey (chicken?) above, but it kinda sets the mood.

Anyways, I found this recipe for Baked Ziti a few years ago (on AllRecipes - check them out sometime) and it's become a family favorite.  It is not low fat, or low calorie, or low carb, or anything redeeming, but it is very yummy.


1 lb dry ziti pasta                         6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 onion, chopped                        1 1/2 Cups Sour Cream
1 lb. Lean Ground Beef               6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce      2 Tablespoons grated Parm cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain. (don't rinse)

In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef (you can easily omit the ground beef - either altogether or just get spaghetti sauce with meat in it) over medium heat.  Add spaghetti sauce and simmer approx. 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350
Butter a 9x13 (now that I am re-reading this, I realize why mine always sticks to the bottom of the pan) baking dish.  Layer as follows:
                                                      1/2 ziti
                                                       Provolone Cheese slices
                                                       Sour Cream (what I usually do is spread the sour cream right onto                                                           cheese slices and then just put the whole thing ontop of pasta - 
                                                        much easier)
                                                       1/2 Sauce Mixture
                                                       Remaining ziti
                                                       Mozzarella cheese and then remaining sauce mixture.
                                                       Top with grated parmasean cheese
Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven (approx. - bake until all cheeses are melted)

Makes approximately 8 servings and should look something like this:

    Bon Apetit!                                                     

Smiles and Hugs,


  1. Thanks for the comment! The spray chalkboard paint does work great! you will have to try it sometime. By the way, your dinner looks sooooo yummy!

  2. Oh, that looks so yummy! I love seeing what other people are making for dinner, it helps with menu ideas. Will have to try sometime soon... Thanks!


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