Baked Ziti and The Bachelorette…

I have an addiction to The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise. I have been watching from the first season. I can’t help it. That being said, my friends and I get pretty into it. We text during each show and are always appalled at the choices they do or don’t make on the show. I enjoyed watching Andi this season and was pleased with the guy she chose. Although Chris the Farmer is still my favorite. Here’s hoping he’s the next Bachelor!

This last Monday was the finale and I just so happened to have Baked Ziti on the menu for this week. It is easily one of our favorite meals. This recipe makes a 9×13 pan and can feed us for a week! We’ve had it twice for dinner and I’ve taken some for my lunch and there is still a bit left. It also heats up just as good in the microwave as when it came out of the oven. It is a bit involved but is quite easy.

Baked Ziti

Ingredients:

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  • 1 lb ziti pasta
  • 1 chopped onion (I omit the onion)
  • 1 lb ground beef (we use deer)
  • 2 – 26oz jars of spaghetti sauce (My mom uses Newman’s, I use Prego)
  • 6 oz sliced provolone cheese (I use the whole package…shhh don’t tell!)
  • 1 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella (or more….whatever you feel is necessary)
  • grated parmesan cheese to top it off

Make It Happen:

  1. Brown hamburger. Once the meat is browned, drain if necessary. Then add sauce to the meat and let simmer while you do the rest.DSC_1672
  2. Cook pasta.DSC_1685
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, put a bit of the sauce in the bottom of the pan, maybe half a cup? and spread it around to keep the noodles from sticking.
  4. Spread half of the noodles into the pan.DSC_1690
  5. Cover the noodles with the provolone cheese.DSC_1692
  6. Spread the sour cream over the top of the provolone. (I use a metal spoon and spread it like you are icing a cake. Don’t pick up the spoon and it is pretty easy.)DSC_1694
  7. Cover the sour cream with half of the sauce.
  8. Add the remaining pasta.
  9. Cover the pasta with the mozzarella.DSC_1695
  10. Spread the rest of the sauce over the top and top with parmesan.DSC_1697
  11. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.DSC_1712

Here’s a helpful tip…while the ziti is baking, DO THE DISHES!! There is nothing better than pulling the pan out of the oven and knowing the mess is already taken care of. And if you’re really good, you can talk your husband into taking care of the plates. Enjoy!!

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