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Recipe : Entry # 6284
Name
John Piraino
Recipe Title
Baked Ziti
Recipe Theme
Main Dishes
Cooperative
Baldwin EMC
Ingredients
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 26-ounce jars spaghetti sauce (don’t use any “chunky style” sauces)
12 slices provolone cheese
1½ cups sour cream 
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/8 cup sugar
2 teaspoons dried basil
Directions
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes**, drain. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add 1½ jars of spaghetti sauce (mix remaining with ziti**), sugar and basil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with tall sides with non-stick cooking spray. Layer as follows: ½ of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, ½ sauce mixture, remaining ziti, provolone cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes i, or until cheeses are melted.
 
**Tips, mix first layer of ziti with some sauce. Cover with foil before baking. Last 5 minutes, remove foil to get cheese nice and browned. For cooking ziti, cook 2 minutes less than package suggests, it will finish cooking while baking. Use taller casserole dish, lower ones tend to overflow.