Monday, June 27, 2011

Baked Ziti

The past week or so I've been doubling my dinner recipes so I can have meals to freeze. After making a recipe that turned out way too big for our family and splitting it into 2 8x8s instead of 1 9x13, I realized how easy it would be to just make 2 of some things. During these summer months it seems like we're much busier during the day. It makes it hard some days to plan dinners, and we've gotten into a bad habit of eating out way more than we should. This baked ziti is one of those recipes that is simple to make and easily doubles. I'm actually going to post the doubled version since I never ever make the regular recipe.

Baked Ziti
2 boxes of ziti, cooked according to the directions
1 large jar of Prego (or I usually do 3 of the heart healthy smaller jars)
1 large onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork sausage
16 ounces of sour cream
8 ounces of ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
8 slices of provolone cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, saute the onion for 5 minutes. Add the ground pork sausage and ground beef and brown. When it is all cooked, pour the meats and the pasta sauces into the cooked ziti, and stir.

In a seperate bowl, stir together the sour cream, ricotta cheese, and mozarella. I usually add a sprinkle of dried parsley, dried basil, dried oregano, and fresh black pepper.

Grease 2 9x13 baking dishes. Spread a layer of the pasta with sauces (1/4 of the total in each dish so you'll use half of the pasta in this layer) in the bottom of each dish. Top with a spreading of the sour cream/ricotta/mozarella mixture, then 4 slices of provolone cheese per dish. Repeat the pasta and sauce layer then the sour cream/ricotta/mozarella layer, then top with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

If you're going to freeze them, wrap them tight with plastic wrap and freeze them now.

To finish (a fully-thawed dish), bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheeses are melted.


Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

This recipe sounds awesome and I'm going to print it to add to my recipe box. I love making double and freezing. What did I do without my deep freeze?

Crissy said...

Is this Jorie Gelnett's recipe? I love when I see recipes on your blog that I have shared with Kim (or that someone shared with me) of the years! :)

Alicia said...

I actually based this recipe off of one I saved from awhile back. I added a few things and took a few things out. I've had Kim's baked ziti, and this is definitely similar, though.

I love enjoying others' favorite recipes passed down over the years too. =)