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Another family favorite and it goes such a long way. I have a very big family and live on a budget. When I make my meals I try to get two meals out of one. I think everyone can appreciate that these days.
**Seasonings to your taste; All recipes I suggest to start out with 1/4 teaspoon, until it simmers and then do a test taste and add which ever seasoning you think you need more of.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add mushrooms and fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.
Add pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
This page contains cheesy baked ziti recipes. This delicious baked pasta casserole is sure to become a family favorite.
Here's a quick, easy and cheap pasta recipe that can be frozen, and is perfect for these cooler days and nights.
Makes 12 to 16 servings.
Special Notes: I use bulk turkey ($1 a lb., frozen) instead of sausage, and season it with Italian seasoning (from the Dollar Store). I buy any sauce that's a real bargain. Sometimes I can get 26 oz. for one dollar! Use store brand mozzarella and pasta. I buy a bag of frozen peppers and onions, intended for fajitas, for $1.29, chop some of them up and throw them in instead of fresh. Also, west Michigan has no idea what ziti is, so I use rainbow or whole grain twists, instead.
I usually make one full recipe in two pans and freeze one. Otherwise, there's just too many servings for only me. I make them in foil pans, using foil to cover them, so if I want to give it to someone who is sick or just needs a lift, I don't worry about the pan. Maybe one of your neighbors makes a dish that you particularly like. Each of you make two of each and swap one! It keeps the taste buds happier.
By Polly from Cedar Springs, MI
Cook ziti until tender, rinse, drain and set aside. Brown ground beef until done. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take a 9x13 inch pan and spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom. Add in layers the ziti, ground beef, mozzarella, sharp cheddar, Cooper and layer of spaghetti sauce.
Cook ziti according to directions. Drain pasta. Place ziti in large bowl and mix with ricotta (or cottage cheese) . .
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Cook beef and onion in sauce pot until browned. Pour off fat. Stir in pasta sauce, ziti and 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Spoon into 2 (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2) disposable foil pans. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 min. or until hot. Serves 12.
TIP: To freeze, prepare ziti but do not bake. Cover with foil and freeze. Bake frozen ziti, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until hot. Or refrigerate 24 hr. to thaw. Bake thawed ziti, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until hot.
By IMAQT1962 from IL