Garlic Marinara Baked Ziti

Garlic Marinara Baked Ziti

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 16 oz. package of ziti pasta
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 jar Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves, chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta al dente, drain, and set aside. In a skillet, brown beef slightly on medium heat and then add chopped onion. Continue cooking beef for 6 to 8 minutes, until beef is brown and onion becomes translucent. Stir in Monte Bene Garlic Marinara sauce and basil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir 1 cup of sauce mixture into cooked ziti to prevent the pasta from sticking. Spoon half of the ziti mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and ½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese. Top with 2 cups sauce, then with the remaining ziti mixture and the remaining sauce. Securely cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover, and top with remaining mozzarella and pecorino Romano cheese. Return to oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

This deep dish meal is ideal for big families or small parties.