Baked Ziti with Meat

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Title: Baked Ziti with Meat
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Italian, Meat, Pasta, Meal


1 lb Ground hamburger
1 lb Italian sausage
2 tb Extra Virgin olive oil
1 md Pepper green
1 md Pepper red
1 tb Garlic clove minced
16 oz Tomato canned
1/4 c Wine table, red
8 oz Tomato Sauce, canned
3 md Onions
1 ts Basil
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Pepper
1/4 tb Oregano
1/2 c Ricotta Chs skim milk
1/4 c Parmesan grated
1/2 lb Spinach fresh
1/2 c Frozen corn
8 oz Ziti
1/4 lb Mushrooms fresh

Coarsely chop the onion, red and green peppers. Clean stem and fine chop
the spinach. Chop mushrooms. Cook ziti and drain. Heat 1 tbs of oil over
medium heat saute the peppers about 5 minutes remove peppers with slotted
spoon and set aside. Put in the rest of the oil and saute onions about 3
minutes. Add the hamburger or suasage and brown stirring to break up the
meat. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute 2 more minutes. Drain the excess
fat and grease. Break up the tomatoes with fork and add with the tomato
sauce, wine, basil, salt, black pepper, and oregano. Bring to boil. Lower
heat and cook uncovered about 20 minutes. Add spinach and corn cooking
until spinach wilts. Preheat oven 375 degrees. Coat 2 1/2 quart casserole
dish with oil spray. Combine ziti, tomato mixture, ricotta, and 2/3rds of
peppers in large bowl then spoon into casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with
parmesan. Bake 25 minutes and garnish with rest of peppers after removal.
Can substitute chopped brocolli for the fresh spinach, we like it better.
(use a 10 oz frozen package to make faster)

Source: The Vegetarian Times Magazine with meat added for flavor
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V5 #019 by Hank & Anne Reintges
on Jan 19, 1998