May 20, 2016

BAKED ZITI


This Baked Ziti is off the hook.  I mean it.  Now first let me apologize for the dark picture.  We have had several days of rain and dreary skies and cool temperatures, and it is late May; so, that's sort of insult to injury, and it makes it really difficult to get my favorite light and airy photographs


But I wanted to share this recipe because it is so good.


And you may also notice that this isn't ziti pasta because Kroger didn't have ziti so I used penne instead.  I've looked for ziti there before, and they didn't have it then.  I guess I should ask if they could stock some.

My favorite recipes are often from Southern Living.  I have lots of cookbooks, and 
I often read cookbooks and mark the pages with a small post-it of the recipes I would like to try.

This dish is adapted from a Southern Living recipe.

This made a lot of leftovers for us - since I was just cooking for two; so, if you like leftovers, you're set.  If you don't, and you're only cooking for two, you could certainly cut it in half.

It would be a great dish to serve for a family gathering or to serve to friends at a dinner party.  How about starting with your favorite salad and bread or rolls?

Baked Ziti

(8-ounces) ziti pasta (I substituted with penne and used 1/2 of a 16-ounce box)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of jarred minced garlic
1 lb. of ground chuck
1 jar of traditional pasta sauce (I used Kroger Traditional)
Salt and Pepper

2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of flour
1 cup of milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 8-ounce package of shredded mozzarella cheese

1.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain, rinse, and place pasta in a baking dish.
2.  While cooking pasta, brown together ground chuck, onion and garlic, salt and pepper ( to taste) until ground chuck is crumbled and no longer pink.
3.  Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.  Whisk in flour until butter and flour are smooth.  Whisk in milk and whisk continuously until thickened.  Stir in Parmesan cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.
4.  Pour cheese sauce over the pasta and stir together.  Top with beef mixture and stir together with pasta.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
5.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Let stand for 10 minutes and serve to family and friends!!

(Adapted slightly from Southern Living - 40 Years of Best Recipes)







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