Recipes

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.

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Easy Tomato Basil and Beef Lasagna

Easy Tomato Basil and Beef Lasagna

Serves 6 to 8

 Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 cups Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
  • 6 uncooked lasagna sheets
  • 1 (15 oz.) container of ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup hot water 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease a baking dish. In a 10-12” skillet, brown the ground beef on medium heat until cooked thoroughly, stirring to granulate. Drain excess oil and add Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce. Spread one third of meat sauce into baking dish. Layer with 3 noodles and half of the ricotta cheese and 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese (ricotta cheese layer should be thin). Repeat layer. Spread remaining 1/3 of meat sauce over cheese layer. Carefully add hot water along the edges of the dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and with Pecorino Romano cheese as desired. Securely cover baking dish with 2 layers of aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes, uncover, and bake for 10 more minutes until cheese is slightly golden along the edges. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Lasagna leftovers make great school or work lunches too!

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