Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Baked Ziti (with freezer directions)

First off, I am finally getting around to posting this recipe for my friend Kari. (Why for some reason do I have so many friends named Kari anyway? This is my Provo Kari!) I've made this like 4 times since I discovered the recipe and it is so delicious fresh or from frozen. Above is my pan ready to go in the freezer, below you will see the piping hot pile of delicious pasta. My favorite Baked Ziti recipe comes from Freeze Happy, click for the original, below has my changes. It's easier than lasagna, fancier than spaghetti and you can load this baby up with vegetables!

Note: This recipe makes either 1 large 9x13 pan or 2 8x8 dishes. I always bake one 8x8, and then assemble and freeze the other for later. You can easily double or triple and fill your freezer. Yum!

Husband Rating: 5 stars

8 oz. ground beef
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup diced mushrooms
1/4 cup diced green pepper
3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb box of ziti (or rigatoni) noodles
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
6 green onions
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

Cook noodles according to package directions, do not overcook or they'll be mushy when you freeze. In a skillet over medium heat cook ground beef until no longer pink. Add in minced garlic, diced onions, mushrooms and green pepper. Stir in spaghetti sauce, cook and stir for 4-5 minutes. In a mixing bowl stir together cream cheese, sour cream, egg, parmesan cheese and diced green onions until smooth. In your baking dish layer noodles across the bottom, spread white cream cheese layer over the top, then pour red sauce over the top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes covered, and 10 minutes uncovered.

To freeze, cover with foil, label, date and freeze. Use within 3 months. If you want to thaw your ziti, put it in the fridge the night before and bake at 350* for 20 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered. If the ziti is frozen, bake at 350* for 50 minutes covered and 30 minutes uncovered.

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1 comment:

Rachel Multari said...

Made this, came out great! Thank you for helping fill our bellies tonight!


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