During the week that my mother passed away, I had a steady delivery of meals from my Small Group. One of those was Baked Ziti. It was super delicious and everyone in the household thought it was a hit. We liked it so well, I made some for supper last night. It definitely won't be the last time we have it as a meal. I used a recipe for Baked Ziti that I found online, with slight variation.
1 pound dry ziti pasta (I used Penne pasta)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, cottage cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, Parmesan cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.