Sharon’s Baked Ziti

by Sharon on December 16, 2010

Ziti all mixed up and ready to go into the oven.

You will need the following ingredients:

Two Boxes of Prince Ziti (1 lb. packages at 99 cents each)
One pound of ground beef (on sale for $1.99)
One Jar of Prego Pasta Sauce (26 – 28 oz. on sale for $1.50)
One 8 oz. Bag of Shredded cheese mix -Mozzarella and cheddar ($1.89)
Oregano (optional)

[Total cost – $7.36)

Prepare Pasta as directed on box. Start frying the ground beef. When both are cooked, drain pasta, then return it to its pan. To this, add sauce and beef.  Mix together.

I use a rectangular, glass, lasagna pan. There is no need to grease this first. Just carefully pour the pasta-mixture into the pan and spread it out to fit. It will overflow if you are not careful.

Once you have this all set in the pan, top with cheese, as if you were making pizza. (You can also sprinkle oregano over this is you would like.)

Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for around 20 – 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Bonus – I was able to find a package of red, seedless grapes on sale for $2.00. I served this in a decorative bowl at the table, along with our pasta.

Leftovers anyone? – This provided good size portions for all of us. It also makes a good leftover meal. Sometimes, I will prepare this in the morning, wrap it up with aluminum foil, and store it in the fridge. My teens and husband can help themselves for a few days, when no one has time to cook, or when they just want a late night meal.

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