Give it a chance to meld in the flavors makes a big difference overnight.
Perfect to take for any family gathering, picnic, holiday, they will love you for making this!
Baked Ziti Recipe
1 lb or more for your crowd of ziti pasta cooked al dente (a little bite left in the pasta)
2 - 16 ounce containers of homemade sauce or store bought
1 pound loose sausage store bought or homemade ( I like hot use what you like) saute with hamburger, drain set aside in bowl
1 pound hamburger (I use ground sirloin) saute with sausage drained set aside in bowl
Optional spices to sprinkle on the top: dried parsley, dried oregano, dried basil, granulated garlic (or fresh when in season)
3 cups mozzarella cheese whole milk
1- 15 ounce container Ricotta cheese store bought or homemade add 1 tablespoon garlic powder
In a greased 13x9 pan add sauce, a little ziti, half the Ricotta, top with half the cooked meat, more sauce, mozzarella, grating cheese and repeat until you use up everything. Place in refrigerator overnight or you can bake it right away if you like on 350 degrees just until heated around 35 minutes. I like to broil the top of the cheese at the end for 3 to 4 minutes watch it till it gets nice and brown on top. I sprinkle dried herbs on top or fresh when in season before serving for extra flavors along with grated cheese usually pecorino romano.