Baked Ziti has become one of our family's favorites...especially one of this working mom's favorite weekday meal because of the ease of the recipe.
1 box penne or ziti pasta (prepared el dente as directed)
1 to 1 1/2 lb of ground meat (sausage, beef, chicken or turkey or combination)
1 jar of prepared spaghetti sauce (we prefer garden style)
1 lb shredded cheese (sharp cheddar is my choice)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup ricotta (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
MIX spaghetti sauce, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, ricotta cheese and reserved 1/2 cup pasta cooking water in large bowl. Add pasta and half of the cheeses; mix lightly. Spoon into 13 x 9 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining cheese and the Parmesan cheese.
BAKE 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is golden and bubbly.