I was excited to try this recipe because I thought that it sounded like something that my children would eat. It is a lot like a mostaccioli recipe that I make which is a very popular dish around here. I planned this meal earlier in the week: http://mealsforreal.blogspot.com/2010/01/weekly-meal-plan-1.html
Baked Ziti Recipe:
1 box dry ziti noodles
1 chopped onion
1lb lean ground beef
2 (26 oz) jars of spaghetti sauce
6 oz provolone sliced cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
-There are a lot of things that you could do differently with this meal. I couldn't find ziti noodles that were on sale so I used Penne Rigate. You could use any type of tubular noodles. I also did not use an entire onion but about 3/4 of one. You could also probably make this with spaghetti squash if you wanted to get really healthy and carb-conscious.
-I think you could substitute the sour cream with either buttermilk or cottage cheese for a healthier version.
-I didn't use a full 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. I had about 1/2 jar left from a previous meal so I just used that and then another full jar.
-You could also substitute the 93/7 ground beef with either ground turkey or ground chicken.
-You could use fat-free or low-fat cheese.
When I called on my way home from the hair salon I asked Scott how the "ziti" had turned out and his exact words were, "It was some of the best, if not the best, baked ziti I have ever had". Wow! I wish that I could get that kind of reaction after every meal. You can believe that I drove a little bit faster to get home and try it.
The only thing that he said he would have done differently is serve it with the garlic bread from last night.
I mentioned earlier that this recipe was a lot like a mostiaccoli recipe that I make. I think what made this so good was the sour cream and the use of the sliced Provolone. That cheese just melted down in between the noodles, along with the mozzarella, and the result was yummy.
While I different serve anything except leftover salad from last night with this meal, you could easily add some steamed broccoli or asparagus.
I will definitely be making this dish over and over.