I have made this recipe for baked ziti for years. My best friend gave it to me, handwritten on an index card, and put it in my wishing well at my bridal shower. Ella was always an amazing cook. Growing up, I can remember standing in her parents' kitchen making dinner or some fabulous dessert together. I think that might have been where my love of cooking first began!
This recipe for ziti is a crowd pleaser. The sour cream in this dish gives it a rich, creamy flavor. We've made this for various family functions. It freezes very well also. Serve with a great salad and some bread sticks!
Creamy Baked Ziti
1 box ziti pasta
2 jars spaghetti sauce
1 - 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 cup sour cream
1/4 lb sliced provolone cheese
1/4 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tablespoon oregano
Cook pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, brown ground beef and diced onion in a large skillet, drain. Add two jars spaghetti sauce, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. Spread half of ziti on bottom of dish. Layer with alternating slices of mozzarella and provolone cheese. Ladle half of meat sauce over cheese. Place dollops of the sour cream over the meat sauce (use all of the sour cream, not half as this will be the only layer of sour cream). Repeat layers as listed ending with the meat sauce. Sprinkle top with grated parmesan cheese and oregano. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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