Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce
- olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- S & P
- 1 TBSp. fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 pound ground beef (I use Angus)
- 3 cups sauce
On medium-high, heat the olive oil in a sauce pan. Add the onion & stir... sweat the onion (until it is translucent). Add the garlic, S & P, basil... stir for another minute... add the ground beef. Cook it out until the beef is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Then drain the liquid from the beef in a colander & add the cooked meat back into the pan... Add the sauce, stirring to combine with the beef... Heat through.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9" baking pan.
Cook pasta very al dente ("to the tooth", firm but not hard. it still has more time to cook in the oven!). Drain. In a large bowl, mix in a tiny bit of the sauce & set aside.
In a separate bowl, stir together remaining sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella, basil (save some herb strips as toppers), S & P. Fold the sauce mixture completely into the pasta.
Poor into the greased baking pan. Top with remaining cup of shredded mozzarella, parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly & browned.
Serve topped with some fresh basil.
When I came home, I was also craving something green, so I made roasted broccoli. I have to thank Tales from the Mad Men Kitchen for that one again! YUM.