Monday, November 28, 2011

Recipe: Veggie Ziti

Last night for Jon's small group, I made a quick baked ziti-type casserole from things we had on hand. It's also something I've been known to throw on our own meal plan, and it's a great way to sneak in veggies for otherwise non-veggie eaters (this was an unintended perk - I learned tonight that one of the guys doesn't normally eat vegetables, but he said he really liked this)!

Cook one pound of pasta in salted water. 
In a large skillet, brown one pound of ground beef and half a pound of Italian sausage with a 2-3 cloves of minced or pressed garlic.Once meat is cooked through, add chopped veggies (last night I used a green pepper, two zucchini squash, and one yellow squash - but it's usually just whatever's in the fridge) and cook until tender. You can chop your veggies as small as you want, depending on whether or not you're trying to hide them. Add two jars or cans of spaghetti sauce. It will look like a lot of sauce in the skillet, but it's not once you add it to the pasta.  
Combine cooked pasta and meat/veggie/sauce mixture in a 9x13 baking dish. Stir in about 8 ounces of ricotta cheese. Top with shredded cheese of your choice (again, whatever's on hand) and bake at 350 until cheese is melted and toasty. 

This is also a recipe I like to make a big pan of and split into single servings for Jonny to have for lunch throughout the week. What meals on hand have you made this week?

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