Back to School Baked Ziti

Friends that take a cookbook to bed and read it like it is a good novel  warm my heart.  On a hot summer day, my friend and neighbor and I, Adrienne,  found ourselves chatting the afternoon away about good recipes.  Another year of back to school and the obvious question, what will we make for dinner?   She shared with me a couple of her faves, and now they are my faves.  Enjoy!

Baked Ziti

8 oz. ziti pasta, cooked and drained
1/2 lb. ground beef
2 onions, diced
1/2 T. minced garlic
3 c. spaghetti sauce
2 c. cottage cheese
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 egg. lightly beaten
1/4 c. chopped parsley (or 1 T dry parsley)
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 c to 1 c mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray pan with Pam.  You may use one 9×13 or two 9×9 pans.
Saute onion in olive oil until clear, add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add meat and Italian seasoning.  Cook until meat is brown.  Add sauce.  Cook 2/3 minutes and set aside.
Combine in a large bowl-cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, and garlic powder. Add to ziti.
Spread enough meat sauce to make a thin layer on the bottom of the pan.  Spread ziti mixture next, then meat sauce.  Cover with foil .  Bake 35 to 40 minutes until bubbly.  Remove foil and add mozarella cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
Note:  The healthier version is very good.  Use whole wheat ziti pasta, ground turkey, fat free cottage cheese, reduced fat parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.  I used only one onion and it was tasty.


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