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Cheesy Baked Ziti

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Need a delicious meal for your next family dinner? Look no further than this Cheesy Baked Ziti. This recipe for baked ziti is delicious and stuffed with delicious cheeses.

Cooking Time: 1 hr 10 min

Ingredients
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (12 ounce) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 1/8 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ZITI
  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti macaroni
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 container (15 ounce) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) mozzarella or scamorze cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. Prepare spaghetti sauce.  In 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, in hot salad oil, cook onion and garlic until tender, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.  Add tomato sauce and remaining ingredients; over high heat, heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to medium-low; partially cover and cook 30 minutes.  Discard bay leaf.
     
  3. Meanwhile, in an 8 quart Dutch oven, prepare ziti macaroni as label directs; drain. Set aside.
     
  4. In same Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until well browned, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
     
  5. Remove Dutch oven from heat; stir in ricotta, next 5 ingredients and half of spaghetti sauce until well mixed.
     
  6. Add ziti and toss gently to coat well.
     
  7. Spoon mixture into 13" by 9" backing pan; pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over ziti mixture; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
     
  8. Back 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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