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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

MiMi's Baked Ziti #FoodieExtravanganza



     Another month means another Foodie Extravaganza!  Where has the time gone?  I don't know about you but this year has been flying by and I feel like it is only speeding up.  Busy busy busy!  Oh well, I suppose that is better than nothing to do.  Though there are definitely days I am not so sure!  Anyway, this month's theme is noodles.  So we all got to put on our thinking caps to do something fun with noodles or pasta.  I love pasta, so it seemed to be an easy task.  I would have loved to do something fun and out of the ordinary, but I am barely keeping ahead of things right now and work has been keeping me on my toes lately.  So, I pulled this recipe card out of my recipe box.  Baked ziti sounded great anyway and this version is a hit every time MiMi makes it.  It was delicious, even if not the most photogenic dish you've seen!   The good news is the other folks in the group made some dishes that sound really fun, so if you were hoping for something a bit more exotic you are still in luck!


     While I was making this, I went ahead and put together a second pan to drop of to our friends who just had a baby.  You may remember Ro from her baby shower post.  Well the little guy is finally here and he is a cutie!  They just got home from the hospital a few days ago, so I offered to drop off a dinner.  I ended up making theirs meat free because they were planning to eat it on a Friday during Lent.  So, I followed the same basic recipe, but added a little spinach to the sauce for the middle layer and some extra cheese to help make it filling enough without the meat.  Ro's favorite food is cheese, so this substitution was more than fine with her!  It made a perfect meal to assemble ahead of time and drop off for them.  I also made them a loaf of homemade bread and a sweet treat that I hope to share tomorrow.  I hope they enjoyed it all!

     I put our pan in the oven while Jax and Matt went to look at farm toys with Jax's grandpa.  It gave me time to run around the house and get a few things done.  Like pack for the conference I was headed off to.  You'd think packing for one of these things would become routine, but I always put it off until the last minute!  They came home and we all had a hot dinner ready to go.  The best part is there were plenty of leftovers so Matt and Jax could just heat some up for dinner one night while I was gone.  They like to fend for themselves for a night or two, but I always try to leave something easy and "heat and eat" for them in the fridge too.

MiMi's Baked Ziti
Serves 10

     Ingredients:

1 lb dry ziti pasta (ziti was surprisingly hard to find here, but rigatoni or penne works fine)
1 onion, chopped
1 lb lean ground beef
2 (24 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
6 oz provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 T Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and butter a 9x13" baking dish.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook ziti until al dente.  Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat.  Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture.  Top with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted. (If you made it ahead of time, pull casserole out of the refrigerator while the oven preheats and bake 40 minutes or so or until heated through and bubbly.)




Foodie Extravaganza
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Haluski (Fried Cabbage & Noodles) by Making Miracles
Homemade Chinese Noodles by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Spicy Shrimp with Peanut Noodles by cookinandcraftin
Bacon and Beer Mac & Cheese by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Sopa Seca de Fideo - Spicy Mexican Noodles by Food Lust People Love
Green Bean and Squash Laksa by Caroline's Cooking
Kakaós Tészta (Hungarian Cocoa Noodles) by Tara's Multicultural Table
MiMi's Baked Ziti by Cooking With Carlee
Tortellini and Tomato Salad by The Freshman Cook
Homemade Noodles by Our Good Life
Tossed Homemade Macaroni Noodles by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Kids' Special# 4 - Soft Noodles with Veggies and Poached Egg | G'Gina's Kitchenette

30 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I love baked ziti! There's something so comforting and not to mention delicious about all that cheese!

    Have a great day Carlee! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! It is really hard to go wrong with a bunch of melted cheese, that is for sure!

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  2. Hi Carlee :)

    What an easy dish to make and who doesn't like cheese? :)

    I hope you have a great, safe trip.

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Hi Rue! Thanks, I got home late last night. I used to enjoy travel for work. I still kind of do, but leaving the little guy behind makes it harder. He was surprised to see me this morning and we got lots of extra cuddles in before I took him to daycare. I can't wait to play with him tonight!

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  3. Can you believe I have never made baked ziti? but you've inspired me so all these ingredients are going on the list! That's what I love about your yummy cooking blog, you always give me ideas and my family loves you for it!

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    1. That is so sweet, Andrea! I hope you love this baked ziti, it is one of my sister's favorites!

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  4. I love the new ideas from you fellow foodies. This baked ziti has been a favorite of Kristie's. I made it often.

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    1. I still need to check them out, this week has been crazy! I can't wait to see what they made!

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  5. Baked Ziti with Cheese all the way sounds nothing short of delicious Carlee <3

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    1. Thank you! We love our baked pasta dishes and it was fun to make the two slightly different versions side by side. I hear that vegetarian version I dropped off was a hit!

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  6. Nothing beats baked pasta and it makes a perfect casserole to take to a friend.

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    1. I was happy to be able to take them something they could just throw in the oven and not have to worry too much about. Plus the leftovers should have made a few good lunches for her as well. Wins all the way around ;-)

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  7. Ooh, pinning right now. It has been too long since I have had baked ziti. Yours looks incredible.

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  8. Such a yummy. I love any type of baked pasta. Easy, delicious and can even be prepped early and froze. :)

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    1. I love how easy baked pasta is and it's always so darn good! Plus is was a great make ahead to take to our friends!

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  9. I love baked pasta! I will have to pin this for a future try!

    The Old Fat Guy

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  10. I love baked ziti and look at all that cheese. You can never have too much cheese. This looks really, really great.

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    1. I'm not sure there is a thing as too much cheese! Thank you!

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  11. This sounds perfect for our family. I can use gluten free noodles, so that solves my problem. My daughter is also a vegetarian so I'm going to try the version you made for Ro. We love pasta too and I love making enough that we have leftovers for another dinner or a few lunches. This looks perfect!

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    1. With enough cheese the meat eaters don't miss the meat, so it should be a hit all the way around. I hope you all love it! Thanks so much, Nikki!

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  12. I had a friend bring us something like this after the birth of our second child and it was delicious! I don't know why I never think to make dishes like these myself. Yum.

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    1. It really is perfect for dropping off to friends with new little ones! Maybe you'll have to put it into your regular rotation.

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  13. What a great recipe! Looking forward to seeing you again at Full Plate Thursday tonight!
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much Miz Helen, see you shortly!

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  14. Ziti is always a hit at our house too, in fact I recently made a batch, both of your versions sound wonderful, love the addition of spinach in the meat free one! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. It is definitely one of those dinners that will be eaten without complaints. I don't know why I don't make it more!

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