Saturday, March 21, 2009

Baked Ziti

Back in November (right before my due date) my Mom and I had a cooking day where we made several dishes to freeze to use after my son was born. One of them was my baked ziti recipe. I froze them in single serving size dishes to make it even easier. Anyway I don't have a picture because reheated thawed baked ziti just doesn't look as nice as freshly made baked ziti, but trust me, this dish is delicious. I got it several years ago on the Married Life board of the nest from a user named weeirishlass. I'm not sure where she got it though.

Baked Ziti

1 lb dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 lb lean ground beef
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
6 oz provolone cheese (I use sliced deli provolone)
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 oz mozzarella cheeese, shredded
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Drain off fat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, all the provolone cheese, all the sour cream, 1/2 sauce/meat mixture, remaining ziti, all the mozzarella cheese, and remaining sauce/meat mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheeese. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven or until cheeses are melted.

Reheating note: I thawed in the fridge overnight and then heated at 350F for about 30 minutes. It is not as tasty reheated as fresh so I would add some appropriare herbs to add flavor.

1 comment:

  1. I made this same recipe and it is really good. The orginial source it from Allrecipes. Here is the link it you want it: