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Monday: Baked Ziti
Recipe from AllRecipes.com
Hamburger was on sale one week. So on sale that my husband bought ten pounds of it. I came home to him elbow deep in hamburger, cutting it up into half-pound, meal-sized portions. Those Ziploc bags took up half of our freezer for six months. Baked ziti was a recipe I found after searching desperately for more ways to cook hamburger and it instantly became one of our favorites. Baked ziti is an easy meal that goes great with a glass of wine. It mixes spaghetti sauce, meat, cheese and sour cream for a simple and delicious meal. If you can boil noodles and cook up some hamburger, you can make this dish. Try switching out the hamburger for sausage, or leave it out all together for a vegetarian meal. And don't worry if you don't have provolone or fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and dried basil work well too. But don't skimp on the basil or the sour cream, these flavors make the meal. Serve it with a simple salad.
1/2 (16 ounce) package dry ziti pasta
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
3 ounces sliced provolone cheese
3 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
1 cups sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat. Add onions; sauté until tender. Drain off fat and add spaghetti sauce; simmer for about 15 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. In a lightly greased 2 quart baking dish, place about half of the pasta; top with a layer of provolone and mozzarella cheese slices. Spread on a layer of half the spaghetti sauce mixture and sour cream.
5. Cover with remaining pasta, cheese and sauce; sprinkle a layer of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. 6. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly; serve.