Today's recipe: Baked Ziti. I need all the comfort food I can get right now! And this is seriously the Best Baked Ziti Ever! Your family is going to love the homemade meat sauce, and that ricotta and cream cheese topping really takes it to the next level! Stay safe out there! These are crazy times.
PRINTABLE RECIPE: 🖨️ https://thestayathomechef.com/baked-ziti/ 🖨️
• 1 pound ground beef
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 white onion, diced
• 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
• 5 cloves garlic, crushed
• 6 ounce can tomato paste
• 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
• 15 ounce can tomato sauce
• 1 tablespoon dried basil
• 1 tablespoon dried oregano
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 pound ziti pasta
• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 8 ounces ricotta cheese
• 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1️⃣ Pour olive oil into a large, deep skillet, over medium-high heat. Add in ground beef and brown, 5 minutes. Add in diced onions, and mushrooms (optional). Saute for 5 to 7 minutes until onions are soft and translucent, and ground beef is cooked through.
2️⃣ Add in garlic and tomato paste and toast for 2 minutes. Pour in crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir in basil, oregano, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until pasta is ready.
3️⃣ Cook pasta in boiling water, according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4️⃣ Prepare the cheese topping in a small mixing bowl by combining cream cheese and ricotta. Mix together until smooth.
5️⃣ Once the pasta is done, add it into the meat sauce and stir to combine. Pour it into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Spread cheese mixture on top of the pasta.
6️⃣ Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot.
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