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Friday, January 19, 2018

MiMi's Baked Ziti

Warm and hearty baked ziti is sure to fill up your heart and your stomach.  A family friendly dinner that is sure to leave them all happy and satisfied!


        This month has been a cold one so far! I mean freeze you to your bones cold with very little let up.  We've had snow on the ground basically non-stop since Christmas.  I can't remember the last time it has stayed around this long.  Maybe when I was a kid a few times, but in recent years it seems to only last a day or two before it melts.

       All of this cold weather has me wanting comfort food.  You know the hot from the oven, stick to your ribs kind of meal that leaves you feeling satisfied.  This baked ziti is definitely one of those meals!


        You may remember a couple of years back I helped throw and owl baby shower for our friend, Ro and her husband Chris.  After that baby was born I brought them a pan of this baked ziti along with some fresh bread and macaroons.  So when they had another baby not too long ago, I figured I had better keep the tradition alive and make them some more!


     Of course if you are making a pan of ziti to give away, you had better go ahead and make a second for yourself.  After all, putting together two batches really isn't any more work than making one.  My husband and Little Dude were both really happy I did.  They love this kind of food and so do I! Plus the leftovers were perfect for lunches for me at work and as a midnight snack for my husband.  He has been working really hard lately on remodeling my parent's kitchen.  Maybe I can share some pictures with you guys when it is done!

Do you have a favorite make and take meal?  Or maybe a comfort food specialty that you love to make during the cold weather?



Yield: 12 servings

MiMi's Baked Ziti

Warm and hearty baked ziti is sure to fill up your heart and your stomach. A family friendly dinner that is sure to leave them all happy and satisfied!
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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

instructions

  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.)
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40 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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  15. I realize I replied before but I have since made this and soooo good! I love that Mimi kind of rhymes with Ziti!!! All over this! Happy weekend beautiful!

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    1. YAYAYAY! I am glad you liked it, that makes my heart smile <3

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  16. Delicious!! This is what I like eating during the week - simple and tasty! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

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    1. That's how we like to eat too! Not too fancy, but super delicious!

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  17. Definitely a meal the whole family would love! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!

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    1. It's a hit with our clan, that's for sure! Thank you!

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  18. I have never tried sour cream in my baked ziti; this sounds like an amazing dish. Pinned.

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    1. I thought it was a little strange when MiMi shared her recipe with me as well, but it's soooo good!

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  19. I love this ingredient list! Looks delicious!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!