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Easy Ziti Bake

 Easy Ziti Bake
I enjoy making this dish for family and friends. It's easy to prepare, and I like to get creative with the sauce. For example, sometimes I might add my home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms or vegetables. -Elaine Anderson Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef
  • over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti
  • sauce.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella
  • cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture
  • and stir until blended.
  • Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish;
  • top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with
  • remaining meat sauce.
  • Cover and bake 40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10

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Easy Ziti Bake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 15 minutes
  • before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 630 calories, 30 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 164 mg cholesterol, 878 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 45 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.