We are 4 days away from T’s marathon in San Antonio and I am in carb-loading heaven.
Okay, so I’m not actually running the race, but can’t a wife be supportive of her husband’s goals? And can’t I show my support by
spending the week preparing and enjoying pasta dishes? Isn’t it just the happiest week of my life the right thing to do?
The answer is yes. Yes, it is.
It’s been amazing to watch Tyler train for his race. It’s his fourth one, and his dedication to running is as serious as my dedication to Netflix. Regardless of whether it’s rain or shine, cold or humid, or if he’s worked a 15-hour day, he’s out there pounding the pavement. Sadie especially likes to cheer him on from the living room couch.
This baked ziti is one of our favorite quick and easy pasta dishes to whip up for weeks like this one. The simmering meat sauce is tossed with al dente ziti noodles, then layered in a baking dish with ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese and baked until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with a green salad or toasty garlic bread!
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 16 ounces ziti pasta
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 jars spaghetti sauce (I prefer Mezzetta or Emeril's)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook ziti pasta noodles in a boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large pan, then add chopped onions and garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until onions are tender, then add the ground beef. Cook until no longer pink, and then drain extra grease. Add the spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup of water ( I usually pour into the base of both jars and swirl to get everything out!). Stir, turn heat down to medium-low, and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the pasta noodles to the sauce and stir well to combine.
- In a lightly oiled baking dish, add half the pasta, then top with half of the ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Add the remaining pasta, and top with remaining ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted.