LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson: Author | Teacher | Lecturer | Certified Genealogist®

Denise (Garrett) Frederick's Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground turkey or beef
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 tbsp Basil
  • 2 tbsp Oregano
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1-2 tbsp Salt (to taste)
  • 1 jar Spaghetti sauce (large)
  • 4 pounds Mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound Ziti pasta

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Boil pasta until al dente (tender but slightly firm) then drain.
  • In a large skillet brown on medium the ground meat, onion, basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, garlic, and salt.
  • Combine drained noodles, browned meat mixture, spaghetti sauce, 3 lbs of mozzarella, ricotta cheese, and balsamic vinegar into a 2 quart baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 pound of mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes.

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