Becoming a Cook: Baked Ziti

Before Landon Paul and I got married, I ate Totino's frozen pizza and Bagel Bites every night.  It was delightful, but when I got married I tried to be all domestic and such and started cooking.  Let's just say it has been an uphill battle.  The first time I made a chicken casserole I didn't know: 1.) How to cook frozen chicken breasts 2.) How to shred chicken 3.) That you have to season chicken for it to taste good.  So, I basically dropped the chicken breasts on top of the other ingredients.  It was NASTY.  Baking hasn't been much better.  I got really mad that my frosting wasn't working when Landon Paul walked in and explained the difference between regular sugar and confectioner's sugar.  Why don't the just call it powdered???  (Clearly, I was no help to my mother in the kitchen growing up.  Sorry, Mom).  

Anyway, things are much better now, but we keep things pretty simple, especially with all of Landon Paul's stomach problems.  I swear every time we go to the doc I'm writing frantically all the new things they've found wrong with that stomach of his.  It's ridiculously acidic, poor kid, but I digress.  Here's a great Baked Ziti recipe that I tried last week.  The recipe from BlogChef, and we loved it.  *Random: What's your best cooking or baking tip?*

Baked Ziti Ingredients:
1lb ground beef
1 cup onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 (32 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon oregano
1 (16 oz) package ziti pasta (cooked and drained)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese 

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet add ground beef, onions and garlic. Cook over medium high heat stirring frequently until the beef is browned. Stir in spaghetti sauce, chicken broth and oregano. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Stir in 1 cup of sauce into the cooked ziti noodles. Spoon ½ of the ziti mixture into a 13×9” baking dish. Sprinkle 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese and ½ cup parmesan cheese over the top of the ziti mixture. Top with 2 cups of the sauce, then add remaining ziti mixture and top that with the remaining sauce.
Step 3: Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Return to over and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
(Makes 6 Servings)

1 comment:

  1. oh my gosh... that looks SOOO good! I LOVE baked ziti!


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