Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baked Ziti Casserole

Monday after work I made a delicious and easy dinner, Baked Ziti Casserole courtesy of Cooking Light, October 2007. There wasn't anything extremely memorable about the dish but it was good and simple to make! It reminded me of my recent burrito recipe. I didn't really need this recipe to figure out how to make a baked ziti casserole. I've actually made one before but it's always nice to have a recipe on hand to guide you if you can't remember certain steps.

Lauren's review: Good, solid recipe to have on hand.
Matt's review: This was good!
Final decision: Keep as a reference for future quick and stress-free meals.

Baked Ziti Casserole


6 ounces uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
2 cups Basic Marinara (I used jarred marinara)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Asiago cheese, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
6 ounces ground turkey breast
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Combine pasta, Basic Marinara, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Asiago, salt, pepper sauce, and turkey in a large bowl. Spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons Asiago. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 4

I picked up some really good Asiago cheese from our Whole Foods and I think it made the dish. Perfect nutty, salty flavor that melted beautifully!


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