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Baked Ziti with Fresh Tomatoes

Total Time

Prep: 70 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

6 servings

I prepare the meat sauce ahead of time, so it saves precious moments when we come in after working out in the fields! —Barbara Johnson, Decker, Indiana

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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 375 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 851mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

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