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Sharing the Best Baked Ziti Recipe that has been a favorite around here for years. This recipe feeds a lot of people! In fact, I can get two 9×9 casserole pans worth of food out of one recipe, so I will oftentimes take the other one to a friend or freeze it. Or, if you love having leftovers for lunches then this will be a hit for you too!
This tasty, easy ziti recipe uses a little different ingredient than maybe you are used to with a pasta dish…that is sour cream. I know it may sound crazy but it makes this recipe so creamy and delicious!
I have been out of provolone cheese before and happened to have ricotta cheese on hand, so I substituted that for the provolone cheese. It turned out great too! So you can make this baked ziti with our without ricotta cheese. We improvise a lot around here and try different things since we live quite a long way from a grocery store.
For starters, a French baguette and olive oil dip (I put roasted garlic, salt, and cracked black pepper in mine), and a salad are our favorite sides with this dish. Another idea would be green beans, roasted or steamed broccoli.
You can keep this in the fridge for 4-5 days. I even heat it up in the mornings and put in my kid’s thermoses for their lunch at school. This dish is great heated up the next day or so!
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I hope you give this Best Baked Ziti Recipe a try! Let us know what you think.
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Easy, baked ziti that is comfort food deluxe! Layers of ziti pasta,zezty sauce, and cheese make this a crowd favorite!
1 pound dry ziti pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound ground beef
2 jars spaghetti sauce 26-ounce jars
6 ounces sliced provolone cheese
1½ cup sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes
In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook chopped onion 3-4 minutes
Add one pound of ground meat and cook over medium heat until done
Add spaghetti sauce and stir together
Simmer for 15 minutes
Butter a 9x13 casserole dish
Fill bottom of the dish with the cooked ziti pasta. Then add the provolone cheese, then the sour cream and spread it out over the cheese. Next, add the meat mixture and top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese
Bake at 350 ° for 30 minutes, or until the cheeses are melted