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A Heart For Home: Baked Ziti

Monday, March 23, 2009

Baked Ziti

On Saturday, Tim and I prepared 3 large trays of Baked Ziti to feed homeless men who are being housed in our church building this week. They were expecting between 20 and 30 men plus the volunteers. We decided to quadruple a 9 x 13 recipe to feed approximately 40 people. We browsed some recipes online and came up with this one which is a compilation of a few different recipes. This recipe makes one 9 x 13 casserole full of baked ziti.
Baked Ziti
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped finely
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces Italian cheese blend, shredded (Mozzarella,
Provolone, Parmesan, Romano, & Asiago) or shredded Mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook about
7 minutes; drain.

In a large skillet, brown onion, garlic, and ground meat over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2 sauce mixture, Provolone cheese, sour cream, remaining ziti, remaining sauce mixture, shredded cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

If you make a larger batch and bake in a larger pan, plan to bake for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on if the sauce is hot before baking.

This baked ziti is an easy make ahead of time meal. Add an extra 15 minutes to the baking time if your sauce is room temperature.

This recipe also freezes well. Simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight and allow to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.

This recipe Works for Me!

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Blogger Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

YuM! We love ziti and it definitely is a great freezer meal. :D

Have a great Tuesday!

March 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger na said...

I was just telling my honey that I needed to make baked ziti soon. I also grabbed your button so I can find you in the your blog!

March 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Our family loves ziti, cant wait to try this, sounds so good. Thanks so much for sharing, have a very blessed day !

March 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger L2L said...

looks yummy, going to have to add that to my must try recipes!!!! baked ziti is my comfort food so I always look for new reciepes as I can never get enough of it!!!!

March 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Sounds wonderful and really easy. I am sure this meal was a blessing to these homeless men.
This would be great for our Lifegroup at church. We take turns bringing the main dish, each gathering. Love it.Thank you for sharing your recipe and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

March 24, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Hoosier Homemade said...

Looks yummy! I bet they loved it!
Thanks for sharing!

March 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful food post! Thanks for sharing it with us on Tasty Tuesday! One time I made 100 cupcakes for the homeless in our area. Moving them was a challenge! LOL

March 24, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your link on Blissfully Domestic, and I'm glad I stopped by. Thanks so much for this yummy recipe. And I know those homeless men are grateful, too.

March 24, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That looks delicious. Love that you can double, or triple it and freeze the extras. That is how I like to cook.

March 24, 2009 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so encouraged to cook on Tuesdays. This looks wonderful.

March 24, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Looks good and easy!

March 24, 2009 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Looks really good.

March 24, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

YUM-O!!!! Im a vegetarian what do you think I could substitute for the meat? maybe veggies? but what kind? I really looks good!

March 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Great recipe! Sounds like the perfect meal to have in the freezer for a family in need!

March 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Frugal Sara said...

Ohh I love baked ziti. Your looks wonderful. I might have to put that in my menu plan for next week!

March 26, 2009 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Joyeful said...

God Bless you for feeding those homeless men! That is definitely the heartbeat of God! So nice to meet you! I'm a UBP partier!

March 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

That recipe sounds good.. and I bet those men were thrilled to get a taste of it :) I bet you guys were such a blessing to them.

April 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

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