Good Wednesday morning to you. Boy is it ever windy here where I live! I woke up to the door to our bedroom slamming shut at about 6:00 a.m. from the wind!
I have an easy and delicious recipe for you. I was actually going to make stuffed shells last night, but I didn't feel like going to the store to get spinach, so I made baked ziti instead. This is something I like to make if I am bringing a meal to someone, or feeding a crowd. It is so good and comforting, and with a quick salad and crusty bread, you have a complete meal. When I make it for us, I freeze half of it for later.
Here we go: You will need a bag of ziti noodles or whatever kind of pasta you like. I actually had the small penne type noodles, and I added a handful of spaghetti that I broke into pieces. I prefer the pasta with ridges on it, because the sauce gets a good hold onto the pasta!! A pound and half or so of lean ground beef, or ground turkey. And I like to add sweet Italian sausage too, but I didn't have any this time. One large onion. Minced garlic to your liking. A large container of ricotta cheese. Fresh mozarella, shredded parmesan, pasta sauce, and spices.
Spray a large, deep baking dish with a bit of Pam. ( My beautiful Le Creuset baker was a gift from Genny and Jake and I use it ALL the time!) Pour your sauce into the pot of drained pasta and mix. Ladle some of the mixture into your pan.
Topping with a final layer of cheeses. I usually reserve a bit of sauce to pour on top of final layer before putting cheese on. And if it seems at all dry, add some of the reserved starchy water that the pasta cooked in.