Monday, February 23, 2015

Kitchen Confessions {Baked Ziti}

Happy Monday friends!  It has been cold, rainy, and all over not great weather around here.  When it's cold outside, I love cooking comfort and cozy food like casseroles, soups, and pasta dishes.  As part of my attempt to break out old recipes I haven't made recently, I whipped up a Baked Ziti dish last week.  This recipe came from one of my old neighbors who made it for me after Boo-Boo was born and it makes enough for two medium-ish casserole dishes.  I usually bake one and freeze one, but we were scheduled to take dinner to some friends that just had a baby, so it was a win/win for both families.

It takes a little more prep than I usually like to put into meals (maybe you remember when I confessed my love pre-made meals HERE ), but this dish is worth the extra time and having another dish to freeze and pull out at a later date is an added bonus in my book.  That's what I like to call home-made pre-made.

Baked Ziti 
1 lb. ground turkey
16 oz. ziti noodles
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 jars of marinara sauce
15 oz. container of ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shaved parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, garlic to taste

Cook ziti noodles as directed.
Saute diced onions and garlic.  To the same pan, add and brown meat.
In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 jar of marinara sauce, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup of shaved parmesan cheese, pinch of salt/pepper, and cooked meat/onions.
After draining cooked noodles, return to pot and mix with sauce/cheese/meat mixture.
Pour into baking dish (2 since this recipe makes a lot!) and top with remaining sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

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1 comment:

  1. This will be dinner tonight on our snow day! Thanks for the recipe!!!


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