Sunday, November 21, 2010

Baked Ziti I

Boy has the weekend flown by. Why is it that the week sometimes drags on but the weekend never does!!!! I forgot to mention that I saw Paranormal Activity 2 last was very, very good. I highly recommend it if you enjoy scary movies. I couldn't get the ending out of my head for a while afterwards. Very creepy and kind of stays with you. Do you believe in spirits or ghosts? I do, very much so. I watch a lot of those type shows...TAPS, Ghost Adventurers, Paranormal State and I believe it all. I've had some experiences similar to what TAPS and Ghost Adventurers explores but my experiences have all been positive. Never negative. I'm sure if I ever had any kind of negative experience it would scare the hell out of me!

This baked ziti is delicious. I think it is my favorite baked ziti. I definitely like it better with the sour cream and provolone cheese it uses instead of ricotta. I love ricotta cheesecake, that is my favorite cheesecake but I don't care for ricotta in baked ziti anymore since I've made this recipe. Hope you will try this if you find it interesting just so you can taste the difference. This is another recipe from Allrecipes. I use this site so often that I wonder why I even buy cookbooks anymore!

1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes, drain.

In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaing sauce mixture. Top with greated parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until cheese are melted.

Note: I baked mine covered with foil for 1 hour since I made this the day before and it came out of the refrigerator. Remember to coat your foil with cooking spray so it doesn't stick to the ziti. Uncover last 5 minutes of cooking. I also put a thin layer of the sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan before I layered in the ziti.


Cheryl said...

That looks yummy I am always on the hunt for new and easy pasta recipes!

Jenn said...

I want to see Paranormal Activity 2...we just saw the first one a few weeks back...creepy!!!
I love baked ziti...and if I can find different ways to make it, I'm happy! This sounds wonderful! I love the break away from ricotta. I like ricotta, but only in certain dishes, silly but true! :)

teresa said...

ooooh, i can do scary movies every now and again, but i am a total chicken!

this looks and sounds SO good, i love baked ziti!

Barbara Bakes said...

My husband isn't crazy about ricotta, so I need to give this a try. We love cheesy pasta dishes. It sounds great!

Judy said...

This is perfect comfort food. Who doesn't love baked ziti?

The Blonde Duck said...

I totally believe in ghosts. I'll have to check that out!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Oh no ghosts! I like to say that I don't believe in them but they still scare me...which I guess means I sorta believe in them....

Baked Ziti is one of my favorite go to easy weeknight meals. So delicious and filling. Plus I get lots of leftovers which I love!

Pam said...

Comfort food at it's best... the ziti looks delicious.

Leslie said...

NOOOO way. I cant watch scary movies. I would have nightmares for months. I cant(still to this day) sleep with my hands or feet hanging off the bed because of the monster that lives under there!!!! Oh wait, did I just admit that?????

Bridgett said...

Baked ziti is pure comfort food and yours has be craving some. Wishing you the best this holiday!