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Baked Ziti

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Ingredients
  Ziti 8 Ounce
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Ground beef 3⁄4 Pound
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Canned crushed tomatoes in puree 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Tomato sauce 16 Ounce (1 Can)
  Dried oregano 1 Teaspoon
  Dried basil 1 Teaspoon
  Dried red pepper flakes 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Chopped parsley 3 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste (If Needed)
  Grated mozzarella cheese 4 Ounce (1 Cup)
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Ounce (1/4 Cup)
Directions

Bring a large pot of water to the boil for the pasta.
Add salt and cook the ziti at a rapid boil for about 8 minutes until al dente.
Drain well.Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet.
Add the ground beef and the onion and cook over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking up the meat with the side of a spoon, for about 8 minutes until the beef loses its color.
Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons of the parsley.
Cook gently, uncovered, over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.
Spoon off any excess fat that has risen to the surface of the sauce. (The sauce may be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.) Either in the skillet or in the pasta pot, combine the cooked macaroni with the sauce.
Taste for seasoning, adding salt if necessary.
Transfer to a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish.Toss together the mozzarella, Parmesan, and the remaining parsley in a small bowl.
Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Bake the casserole uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and flecked with brown and the sauce is bubbly around the edges.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Pasta
Interest: 
Everyday

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