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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 beef
  • 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, in a large
  • skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  • In a large bowl, combine the 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 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with
  • remaining meat sauce.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a thermometer
  • reads 160°. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15
  • minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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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.