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Baked Ziti with Fresh Tomatoes Recipe
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Baked Ziti with Fresh Tomatoes Recipe

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I prepare the sauce ahead of time, so it saves precious moments when we come in after working out in the fields!—Barbara Johnson, Decker, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 70 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 70 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 pounds plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 15 tomatoes)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked ziti
  • 2 cups( 8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 375 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 851 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, basil and pepper. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cook ziti according to package directions; drain. Place in a large bowl. Stir in sauce and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Baked Ziti with Fresh Tomatoes in Country Ground Beef 1993, p50

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 375 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 851 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"I didn't have 15 tomatoes, I had 2. I used those, one 15oz can organic tomato sauce and one can of diced tomatoes. I also added 2 large minced garlic cloves to the beef and onion. It was very good. As mentioned, it is salty - but we like salty - if you don't I'd cut back on what is recommended."

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Tomatoes and pasta was good. The meat and salt together was a little too salty. Next time I'd either half the salt or take it out altogether"

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"This was good after I anticipated the errors in this recipe and fixed them ahead of time. With this much acid, you need sugar. I added a tsp of sugar and Italian seasoning in addition to the basil. Also, I used canned diced tomatoes. Who has time to peel, chop & deseed tomatoes? Suppose if I had a garden this would be a good way to use my tomatoes."

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"I really enjoyed this recipe and will be adding this to my recipe box. I did not change anything in the recipe."

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Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"While fresh tomatoes are delicious, if you are pressed for time you can use drained canned tomatoes. Also I substituted sausage which added a little kick to it. It was delicious."

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