Baked Ziti

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm….that’s all I’m gonna say about baked ziti. I love baked ziti and the creaminess, the sauce, the meat mixture….Oh my! I have had this recipe for years but I don’t make it very often. Josh and I happened to be cleaning out my “recipe drawer” and found it again! I was so happy that I could have cried, but that would have led Josh into asking me why I was getting emotional, and it would just start a whole different kind of conversation, come to think of it… it’s kinda like what I’m doing now haha!

Well, back at the ranch, we didn’t change anything in this recipe because it was perfectly enjoyed without any changes….We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Makes:  6 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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6 ounces uncooked ziti

1 pound ground beef or ground italian sausage

1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce

2 eggs, beaten

1 carton (15 oz) ricotta cheese

2 1/2 cups (10 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef (or sausage) over medium heat until no longer pink; drain (if needed)…..

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Stir in marinara sauce…..

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Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes…..

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In a large bowl, combine eggs, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, mix well…..

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Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and stir until blended….

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Spoon 1/3 of the meat sauce into a greased 11 x 7 baking dish…..

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Top with half of the pasta mixture…..

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Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce…..

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Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour or until internal temperature reads 160 degrees. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for another 10 minutes ot until cheese is slightly browned and melted…..

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Let stand 15 minutes or so before serving!

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