Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Last Minute Ziti

There are some days when you get home and just don't have time to go to the grocery before dinner so you have to rely on what is around the kitchen. I always have pasta sauce, some kind of noddles, some ground beef, and shredded cheese on hand for such occations. This is a quick and easy dish that can be modified based on what you have but is sure to be a winner in your house.
This time around here is what I used:
-box of whole wheat ziti
-jar of marinara sauce
-bag of shredded chesse -italian mix
-1lb of ground beef
-tablespoon of minced garlic (the jar kind)
-chopped onion (however much you like)
-chopped green pepper (however much you like)
-crushed red pepper
-Italian seasoning

Preheat the oven to 350. Cook pasta according to directions, add a splash of olive oil and salt. Meanwhile brown meat in a medium pan over med-high heat, add in some garlic, onion, and even green pepper if you have it. After the meat is cooked add in the sauce, I add a few spices (see above) so it doesn't taste as 'jarry'; reduce to simmer and stir occasionally so it won't burn on the bottom. Drain the pasta, return to pot and pour in the sauce mixture. Grease a 9x12 pan, (I use extra virgin olive oil and my fingers to do this) and pour in half the sauce/meat mixture and top with a couple handfuls of cheese, add the rest of the mixture finish with the rest of the cheese. Place the pan into the over for about 30 mins or until the cheese starts to bubble. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes so it's easier to serve. Enjoy :)


  1. I have those kinda days. But I love this idea Thank you for the info and recipe.

    Stopping by from SITS

  2. Oh wow, that looks so yummy! Where in the sunshine state do you live? I'm moving to Pensacola next month and I'm very excited! Do you have any low-calorie recipies to share? I found you from SITS and I'll be back to visit again.


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