Baked Beef Ziti (5pts)Submitted by: MAMAOF3KIDDIES
# 12 oz uncooked penne (or other style pasta)
# 1 tsp olive oil
# 2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
# 1/3 pound raw lean ground beef
# 1 tsp dried oregano
# 1 tsp dried thyme
# 1 tsp dried rosemary
# 1/2 tsp table salt
# 1/2 tsp black pepper
# 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
# 1/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
* Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
* Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sautÃ© 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.
* Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
* Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover surface); top with half of cooked ziti. Next, layer with half of remaining beef-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining beef-tomato sauce; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
Number of Servings: 9
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MAMAOF3KIDDIES.