Baked Ziti

This is a recipe that Geoff and I have prepared often on a Sunday afternoon.  We prepare it in 2 square foil pans instead of a 13 x 9 and then put one in the freezer.  It is such a great feeling when you are having a busy week to know that all you have to do is take this frozen meal out of your freezer and cook as soon as you get home. 


1/2 cup chopped onion

1 Tbs olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound lean ground beef

1 26 oz jar tomato and basil pasta sauce

3/4 tsp salt, divided

16 oz box of ziti pasta

3 tbs butter

3 tbs all-purpose flour

3 cups milk

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp pepper

8 oz  shredded mozzarella cheese


1.  Sautee chopped onion in hot oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat 5 minute sor until tender.  Add garlic, and sautee 1 minute.

2.  Add beef, and cook, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink.  Drain beef mixture, and return to pan.  Stir in pasta sauce and 1/2 tsp salt.

3.  Cook pasta acccording to directions.

4.  Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth.  Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.

5.  Whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.  Stir in parmesan cheese, remaining 1/4 tsp salt, and pepper.

6.  Pour sauce over pasta in dutch oven, stirring until pasta is evenly coated.

7.  Transfer pasta mixture to a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Top evenly with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.

8.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.





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