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Pioneer Woman's Baked Ziti Recipe

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Judy Emert


16 oz. weight Ziti, cooked to Al Dente (almost done)
1 lb. Italian sausage, ( I used beef)
1 lb. ground beef
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic or substitute chopped garlic
1 large whole onion, diced
1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes, with juice (need 14 oz. can)
2 (14.5 oz.) cans tomato sauce or marinara sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 oz.) tub whole milk ricotta cheese
1 1/2 lbs. Mozzarella cheese, grated (can substitute (3) 8 oz. bags finely shredded)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 whole egg
Fresh minced parsley to taste, optional

Heat olive oil in skillet or Dutch oven. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add Italian sausage or just ground beef and brown. Drain off fat. Add tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Cook for 25 - 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375. In a large separate bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 2 cups of grated Mozzarella, Parmesan, egg and salt and pepper. Drain pasta. Pour it into the bowl with cheese mixture and toss slightly. Add the meat sauce and toss together. Pour mixture into greased casserole dish. ( I used 2). Sprinkle with shredded cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes a large amount.




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