Saturday, February 14, 2009

St. Valentine's Baked Ziti

The guaranteed way into your Valentine's heart!

1 lb dry ziti pasta
1/2 to 1 whole onion, chopped (personal preference on amount, I used 1/2)
1 lb lean ground beef
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce (traditional Hunts is 98 cents each at Walmart)
6-8 slices Provolone cheese
1 1/2 cups light sour cream (tastes the same)
6 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water and about 1 tbps Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a boil. Add ziti pasta, cook about 8 minutes; drain.

2. In a large skillet, brown beef and onions over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 15 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9X13 dish with Pam. Layer in pan as follows:
1/2 of the ziti,
slices of Provolone cheese,
sour cream, evenly spread,
1/2 sauce mix,
remaining ziti,
1/2 Mozzarella cheese,
remaining sauce mix,
remaining Mozzarella cheese.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until all cheese are melted.

Total Prep time: 30 min
Total cook time 30 min
Serves 4-6

I promise you will not be disappointed in this recipe. If you or your valentine are somehow unsatisfied with this dish after following all the steps correctly, I will personally come to your home and cook it for you (as long as you live within a reasonable driving distance to me and you provide all the ingredients).

Happy Valentine's Day!