Favorite Recipes: Baked Pasta

010This is really a baked ziti recipe, but since I often don’t use ziti pasta, I’m naming the recipe generically. This dish was a big hit at the campground potluck!

Baked Pasta

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 16-ounce box penne pasta
1 pound mozzarella cheese, grated
1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
1 45-ounce (large) jar pasta sauce
4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

Prepare penne pasta according to package directions. Drain. Add a little 
pasta sauce to the pasta so it won't stick together. Set aside.
Brown ground beef, drain and set aside. Sauté green pepper and onion until
just tender. Add to ground beef.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In greased lasagna pan, layer pasta, meat
mixture, pasta sauce and cheeses (2 to 3 layers each). 
Top with remaining pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Bake about 1 hour, until top is browned and cheese is melted throughout.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Top with additional parmesan cheese,
if desired.

This makes a large pan, enough for a crowd! It also freezes well, I just typically add a bit more pasta sauce when re-heating to add moisture.

Enjoy!

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