Saturday, November 14, 2015

Easy Baked Ziti





I wanted to make something different with ground beef. This was the a great idea and we had plenty of leftovers!

Brandie from The Country Cook posted this recipe in 2011. 



Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 24 ounce jar of your favorite sauce ( we love three cheese sauce)*

1 16 ounce jar Garlic Alfredo sauce

1 16 ounce box of ziti

1/2 of a large onion- diced

2-3 cups shredded  mozzarella cheese


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 177 C

Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray and set aside.

In a large saucepan brown beef with the onion over medium heat. When beef has browned, drain off excess grease.  Once drained add beef back to the pan and add the whole jar of the sauce.

Cook the pasta ( according to the direction on the box or bag) in a large pot of boiling water and when the pasta is finished cooking, drain  and set aside.

Place the cooked pasta back in the large pot and pour the alfredo sauce over it. Stir to make sure all the pasta is thoroughly coated. 

Place the coated pasta in the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle with mozzarella**

Add the meat/sauce mixture to the top of the pasta in the baking dish.

Add more mozzarella to the top of the dish and cover with aluminum foil.

Place in the preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes

Remove from the oven and carefully remove the foil from the pan. Place the pan back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Take it out of the oven after it has completed baking and let it cool for 4-5 minutes.

* Brandi has an extra jar of sauce heating up in the pot the pasta was cooked. If you like extra sauce- great idea.

** Gabe and I love cheese so I added an additional layer of cheese between the pasta and sauce and added more mozzarella to the top of the ziti.


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42 comments:

  1. You ate pasta? OMG. LOL Linda. hmmm, could coconut be next? just kidding. We love pasta so this one has been copied.

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    1. Yeah and it wasn't quinoa pasta! LOL

      Cyndy- coconut will not touch these lips!!!!!!! ( smile)

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    2. Remind me to tell you about the lunch I went to and there were tons of different foods from many countries.
      YOU know I picked up something without knowing what was in it and could taste the coconut right away. OH CYNDY!!! It was not a pretty site!! LOL

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  2. Yummmy !! One of my favorite meals. I don't put meat in, but this sounds great. Never made it with Alfredo sauce tho, so this is a gonna try. Thanks for making me hungry !!!

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    1. It's so easy and Gabe was one happy man!

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  3. OK uh is the world coming to an end? YOU ATE 2 HELPINGS of pasta????????????? WHAAAAAAAAAAAT? That alone is a glowing recommendation for this recipe! :)

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    1. I know. Carol, it was really good!

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  4. This sounds delicious, Linda. Adding alfredo sauce is a different touch and I think Ray would like this as he's kind of finnicky when it comes to tomato based recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Angela if you make it for Ray let me know ok?

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  5. Yum! I love baked pasta and this combo sounds wonderful. I can't imagine not liking pasta!

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    1. Hubby loves pasta so this was a real threat.

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  6. Linda- I have made this a few times for Bruce and I. We really like it. I even made it for a potluck at the lake this summer, I was embarrassed to tell the ladies who asked for the recipe how easy it was,lol. Elaine

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    1. Don't you love it when a recipe is good and easy?

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  7. Looks delicious. Pinning. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    ~Laurie

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  8. This looks really delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Jess- I love coming to the party.!!!

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  9. I love baked ziti and this looks so good.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  10. Yum! Yum! Pasta! I don't have enough of it in my life!

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    1. Then I hope you try this - it's really good!

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  11. Oh Linda I can smell it from here in Australia! It looks delicious and I bet it tastes delicious too! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  12. Sounds yummy! I make a similar dish, but use sausage. I'll have to try this for a change. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Oh, Gabe loves nettles sausage and we have plenty in the fridge- wait till I make it that way for him!! He will be doing the happy dance for weeks!

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  13. I have a pasta called dreamfields. It is good and much better to use for diabetics. I would like to try this using the Dreamfield Pasta..

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  14. I will have to try this it looks so good, thanks for sharing on Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson.

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    1. This is really good and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  15. This is one of my favorite dishes at this great little Italian place in town. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will join us again next week.

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  16. Wow, that looks so yummy. And it's so easy to make. I am definitely going to try this at home. My kids love pasta!

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    1. Mary, wait till you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  17. Now that is comfort food, Linda! Your Baked Ziti looks so good! Thank you for bringing it to the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  18. Looks really yummy! I want to try!
    Thanks for linking at Share a Cup. It was very nice meeting you. I forgot to look for your button but I'll try to follow!.
    Today I featured Jan's party at my blog. Come over and comment on her feature post to enter Jan in a giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Grantham- could you add a link to your blog? Would love to visit

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  19. Looks like a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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