Finding a kid-friendly recipe that is easy to make and tasty for the whole family can be challenging. Here is one to try.
Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti
|1||tablespoon olive oil|
|1||large yellow onion, diced|
|¾||teaspoon kosher salt|
|¼||teaspoon black pepper|
|1||pound lean ground beef|
|3||cloves garlic, minced|
|½||cup chopped fresh oregano (optional)|
|1||26-ounce jar pasta sauce|
|½||cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan|
|1||15-ounce container ricotta|
|1||10-ounce box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove liquid|
|1||cup grated mozzarella|
Cook ziti according to the package instructions.
Heat oven to 400° F.
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until the onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the beef, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until no trace of pink remains, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid. Add the garlic and oregano (if using) and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan, ricotta, and spinach and toss again. Spread the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or individual ramekins and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake until the mozzarella melts, about 15 minutes.
Tip: If you prefer, substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef and chopped broccoli for the spinach.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
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