Baked Ziti

This an easy favorite among my family and friends. Usually we divide the recipe in two dishes. Cook one at home and give the other to a friend. What friend doesn’t like a yummy meal delivered to their door? But be the friend that delivers in a throw away baking container. No one wants to return containers. (stepping off soapbox)

Baked Ziti

1 box of ziti or penne

1 jar of spaghetti sauce (use your favorite or experiment with a new sauce) *I used RAO’S

15 oz Ricotta cheese (or substitute 1 cup of sour cream*)

1 pkg. 12 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese (add more cheese if you like more cheese- we do)

Parmesan cheese

1 lb. Italian sausage, brown and crumble (optional)

Cook pasta in water with olive oil and salt. Drain. Put pasta into 8 1/2” x 11” olive oil coated casserole dish. Stir in spaghetti sauce, ricotta, sausage, and 8 oz of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle mixture with parmesan cheese. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Now the decision: cook, refrigerate, or freeze. This is my favorite meal to divide in half. I keep one for us and take the other to a friend.

Cook for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. If frozen, cook for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

Top with chopped parsley if you have some.

Serve with garlic bread and salad.

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