Baked Ziti Recipe

Friday, December 9, 2016
The easiest way to feed a crowd is to make this kind of casserole. Everyone raves about it no matter where I bring it or serve it at home. I can't believe how every time they have it the same thing is said, boy this is the best you ever made. The secret really to making a great baked ziti is to let it sit overnight in the refrigerator and the next day heat it up by baking it making sure it has plenty of sauce over the top and cheese.
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)
grated cheese
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.

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