Sunday, September 28, 2014

Family Favorite Baked Ziti

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.