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Brian, Kristine, Analise, and Josiah Toone

What’s Cooking… Southern Living’s Baked Ziti

4th June 2007

Baked Ziti from Southern Living

  • 1/2 med onion chopped (I used onion flakes)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 26oz jar of tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 16oz box of ziti pasta
  • 3 T butter
  • 3 T flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 c grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 8oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese

chopped onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5
minutes or until tender.  Add garlic, and saute 1 minute.  Add beef,
and cook, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink.  Drain
beef mixture and return to pan.  Stir in pasta sauce and 1/2 tsp salt. 
Set aside.

Cook pasta in a large Dutch oven according to pkg directions. Drain and return to Dutch oven.

butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. 
Cook, whisking constantly 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in milk; cook over
medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and
bubbly.  Stir in Parmesan, 1/4 tsp remaining salt and pepper.  pour
sauce over pasta in Dutch oven, stirring until pasta is evenly coated. 

Transfer pasta mixture to a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish.  Top
evenly with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese. 

Bake at 350 for 20-25 min or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 10 min. before serving.

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