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)
-AF

Baked Ziti

 1 box of ziti or penne

1 jar of spaghetti sauce (use your favorite or experiment with a new sauce)

15 oz Ricotta cheese

1 pkg. 12 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

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.

Serve with garlic bread and salad.

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