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Pioneer Woman's Baked Ziti
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Pioneer Woman's Baked Ziti

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Rhiannon

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato sauce or marinara sauce
  • One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes with juice
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ziti
  • 1 1/2 pounds mozzarella grated
  • One 15-ounce tub whole-milk ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a dutch oven. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add Italian sausage and ground beef and brown. Drain off fat.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the grated mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, and salt and pepper.
  • Drain the pasta. Pour it into the bowl with the cheese mixture and toss to slightly . Add the meat sauce and toss together.
  • Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.