Thursday, October 9, 2014

Baked Ziti

Or in our case baked macaroni since I had no Ziti yesterday. I had gone to my brother's house on Tuesday to visit and my sister-in-law fed us this for lunch. It always seems funny to me that I probably have several cookbooks with Baked Ziti recipes in them but I almost never try anything new from a cookbook. For some reason I have to see the recipe in person which is what happened with this one. It was SO good! So she told me what she had put in it and I made it for us the next day...except I didn't have any ziti and substituted the macaroni for it. Pasta is pasta.
So anyway, wanted to write the recipe down so I would always have it.

Baked Ziti

1 box ziti or other pasta
Peppers- I have a bag in the freezer that has cut up peppers all different colors in it and I used a handful of these.
Onion- I used a half of a medium onion
1 can of spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese (the grated kind)
Mozzarela or other shredded cheese (8 oz bag)
Italian seasoning
1 1/2 lbs hamburger

Cook the pasta, Meanwhile cook the hamburger, onions and peppers in a frying pan. Sprinkle generously with Italian seasoning while cooking. Drain grease, add spaghetti sauce. Cook the sauce on low until pasta is done. Drain pasta. Mix the two together add about a cup of  grated parmesan cheese, add about half your shredded cheese. Put in a 9x13 in. pan. Sprinkle the top with more parmesan cheese and the rest of your shredded. Cook for about a half an hour in an oven on about 375 degrees.

I made this ahead of time and covered it and put it in the frig for Phil to cook when he got home. He had to cook it in the oven a bit longer because it was cold.

Sorry I did not think to take a picture. Everyone had second helpings of this, EVEN MICHELLE!
I know, amazing!


  1. Nice that you found a dish that everyone likes so much. Too bad that it sounds like "zitty"!

  2. Hi Becky, I like baked Ziti and haven't had it in a long time. Glad you reminded me. Time to make some. YUM

  3. Hi Becky! We LOVE baked ziti! And yes, any pasta will do for this dish! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Oh, we are in your neck of the woods, Georgia! Hiawasee to be exact. Maybe you and Phil can ride over next weekend to attend some of the festivals going on around here. The apple festival will still be going on in Elijay. You can google these areas and find out. It's been cooler here and rained some. The leaves are changing more here than at home. The mountains are so pretty, like Gatlinburg. I'd rather come here than the Smokies! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    1. I knew you were in Georgia and have looked up where you were before, I think. We don't have any mountains where we are unless you go about 3 hours North to Helen (and I do love going to Helen, GA.). I love the Appalachians, but being from NH, I miss mountains terribly here.

  4. Hi Becky! Yes, that's exactly where we were! About a 30 minute drive from Helen! Oh, it's so different there! I love those mountains! And the people are different too! I call them Yankees! They don't talk like me! But they are nice! It's such a different world there than what I'm used to! I wished you had some pretty mountains where you live! I would miss them too! Blessings!

  5. Love baked Ziti! Great comfort food.