Baked Ziti – I

img_0235.jpgThis is a family favorite, and it’s easy on the cook. It makes a nice, big pan-full so you may have leftovers. A large, green salad alongside makes for a perfect meal and it won’t make you nuts with a ton of pots and pans.

16 oz. box uncooked ziti (I use Barilla)
2) 24 oz. jars spaghetti sauce (I use Newman’s Own Marinara)
16 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 beaten egg
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Get out a large baking dish. Cook the pasta for 10 minutes, drain, then place into a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, empty the ricotta and add the Parmesan beaten egg, and the spices; mix well with a wooden spoon, then mix this into the large bowl with the pasta. Mix in 2 cups spaghetti sauce – set aside.

Spread 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom of the baking dish, spread the pasta mixture evenly in the pan; top this off with 1-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over.

Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes – it will be bubbly and hot. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes.