Baked Ziti

For this recipe you can make a homemade sauce, or use your favorite jar sauce if you need a quicker option for a homemade meal.  If you can’t find Ziti noodles, Pene are a good substitute.

Ingredients:

1-16 oz. package Ziti noodles
1 lb. italian sausage
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 cups marinara sauce
1 lb. sliced mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.  Cook sausage and ground beef with onion in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Cook until sausage and beef are no longer pink and crumbly.  Drain sausage and beef.  Add marinara sauce and Ziti.  Layer half of the meat mixture and half of the mozzarella cheese in a 13″ x 9″ pan coated with cooking spray.  Add remaining marinara sauce and Ziti and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove foil and add remaining mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake an additional 10 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves:  8