Ziti Pasta Bake
feeds 4-6 hungry people
1 box ziti pasta (1 lb)
1 jar pasta sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 lb ground beef (or Italian sausage)
1 cup pepperoni slices (pizza pepperoni)* optional but everyone always loves it
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
handful of grated Parmesan cheese
In large pan, brown the beef.
Drain any excess grease.
Add the tomato sauces to the ground beef.
Simmer over low heat to warm through.
Cut the pepperoni circles in half.
Add the pepperoni to the sauce and continue to simmer.
Cook pasta until al dente, drain, and add the meat sauce mixture.
Mix together until all the pasta is coated with the meat sauce.
Pour into a 9 by 13 glass or aluminum baking dish (I use disposable pans when I make this meal for someone else).
Top with the shredded cheeses.
If you are not going to cook right way, cover with foil and refrigerate or freeze (or give away!).
Once you are ready to cook it (defrost overnight in fridge if it is frozen), place in oven at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until completely warmed through and lightly browned on top.And there ya have it, a tasty, filling dinner. Perfect any night of the week and any time of year.