February 10, 2008

Italian Baked Ziti

This is another good freezer meal. It's simple to prepare and can be made healthier using whole wheat pasta and ground turkey. You may want to top it with shredded mozzarella.

Italian Baked Ziti
3 cups dry ziti pasta
1/2 lb. ground beef or turkey
3 cups spaghetti sauce
2 cups cottage cheese
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cook ziti according to package directions, omitting salt and oil. Drain and set aside. Brown meat, and then stir in spaghetti sauce.

In separate bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley and garlic powder. Add ziti, and mix well.

Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce in bottom of greased 9 x 13 pan. Layer with cheesy ziti mixture. Top with remaining sauce. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake 30 minutes. Serves 8.

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