After Savannah was born, many very nice people gave us meals to help ease our burden a bit. It was so helpful! My friend Beth actually came all the way from Birmingham and brought a meal for us! It was a Baked Ziti and soooo good. I asked her for the recipe, and I agree with her that it’s a really good option for bringing someone a meal. If you split it into two 8×8 dishes (an inexpensive aluminum pan will make it easier since nothing has to be returned), then you have it for your dinner too. I pair it with a bagged salad and some garlic bread when we deliver it to someone’s house.
Bake time: 30 minutes
Oven: 350 F
Makes: 8 servings
1 lb dry ziti pasta
1 lb bulk sausage or ground beef
1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce
6 oz provolone cheese, sliced
1 c sour cream
6 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 Tb grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Layer in a greased 9×13 baking dish as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
(If you are bringing a meal to someone, stop at this point and deliver it to them with the instructions to finish cooking it. You can also freeze it, and just have them add 10-15 minutes to the cooking time.)
4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 F, or until cheeses are melted.