Posted by: inyomouth | April 30, 2009

simple baked ziti


i was feeling an old-school italian dish this week: baked ziti. it reminds me of those hole-in-the-wall italian places, potlucks, and Sbarro at the Cerritos Mall.  but don’t be fooled, this plate is delicious!  and it’s a great party plate; make it for a party of 5 or more & enjoy!  (we had jon ondrejko over to enjoy it with us…) AND if you like cheese, lasagna, and lots of leftovers…then you’ll be in heaven with this one :]

recipe after the pictures!

brown your meat & onions in a skillet over medium heat

add 2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce, cover, & simmer for 15 minutes

in the meantime, cook your ziti pasta for about 8 minutes, then place half in baking dish.

cover with a layer of sliced provolone cheese & a layer of low-fat sour cream

cover with half sauce mixture, add layer of mozzorella cheese, the rest of your pasta, the rest of your sauce mixture, and top with a plentiful layer of parmesan.  then it’s ready for 30 minutes in the oven!

Baked Ziti
adapted from All Recipes

1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce, dealer’s choice
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups low-fat sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, brown the onion and ground turkey over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and/or line a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.



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