Baked Ziti

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces of Ziti pasta, uncooked

¾ lb ground beef

3 cups or 28 ounce jar of good spaghetti sauce

1 ¾ cups of ricotta cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon fresh basil – roughly chopped

½ teaspoon salt

Salt and fresh grated pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cook pasta according to package instructions. In large skillet over medium heat, brown meat until thoroughly cooked. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Set aside. Toss hot pasta with the meat sauce. In a 9x13x2 inch baking pan, spoon ½ of the pasta mixture into the pan. Spread the ricotta cheese mixture over the top. Layer the remaining pasta over ricotta mixture and then sprinkle top with the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. During final 5 minutes of baking, remove cover and allow cheese to lightly brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.