Made with only five ingredients, this recipe for Baked Ziti is sure to be a crowd pleaser! The addition of garlic salt adds a tasty twist to the mix as well! It’s a wonderful dish to make when you are short on time or even short on funds.
Did I ever tell you about the cookbook challenge that I started?
Well, here’s the skinny on it:
Husband Man delivered the news a few months ago that he ‘thought’ my cookbook obsession was getting a ‘wee’ bit out of control. He didn’t mind that I collected them, however, he mentioned that he was flabbergasted that the meals I chose to make every night didn’t originate from my collection (I’ve been using Pinterest and Google to find recipes lately).
I have all of these “said” cookbooks resting peacefully inside our pantry and truth be known, they take up half of the pantry space. While this issue isn’t exactly a deal breaker in our marriage, I painstakingly had to admit that he did have a point.
What was the meaning in collecting all of these books if I didn’t even at least attempt to try the recipes inside?
A couple of days after he spoke to me, I just stood there, in front of our pantry, staring at all of these books. I had no idea where to begin in terms of how to purge them. It was an overwhelming feeling. I would close the pantry doors and then the next day, open them again, only to just stare at them with big, bulging eyes. I stared at them so hard one day that I literally had to take a nap because it made me tired. True story.
Finally, after about a week of going back and forth with it, I decided to examine each and every one of those books. I decided to give away the ones that I couldn’t see myself cooking from. If I didn’t have a ‘passion’ for it, then it went in the Goodwill pile. I ended up giving away 12 books after it was all said and done
I made a personal promise to myself that I would make at least 7 or 8 recipes from each of the remaining books. If the majority of recipes need ‘tweaking,’ then the book gets tossed in the donation pile. If the majority of recipes are hits with my family, then the book will be a keeper.
I’ve cooked my way through two cookbooks so far. I ended up tossing one that was a gift from my mom 🙁 As for the second one, it only took 5 recipes to win me over and realize that I needed to keep it!
This is where this recipe for baked ziti comes in!
EVERYONE in this family, to include my picky 8 year old son, LOVED this recipe! Five ingredients is all it takes to make this dish, which is what I adore. Since this blog is all about saving time and money when it comes to food, I did a little experiment and froze an extra casserole for a month, just to see what would happen.
The verdict?? It WORKED and freezes wonderfully without the texture or taste being compromised.
I know, you can thank me later 🙂
We have added this recipe to our favorites collection and we hope you will too!
Serving Size: 1 cup
- 1 and 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 8 oz. package of ziti cooked and drained
- 28 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the ground beef in a skillet.
Add the garlic salt while browning, stirring until crumbly.
When the beef is brown on the inside and outside, drain well.
Add the cooked ziti and spaghetti sauce, mixing well.
Spoon into a 9x13 inch baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Brown the meat a day or two in advance and cook the noodles. Store both ingredients in separate containers.
To freeze, assemble the casserole (to include the cheese) in a disposable 9x13 aluminum pan. Do not bake. Wrap the pan tightly with saran wrap and again with aluminum foil. Label with production date. When ready to eat, place frozen casserole in the fridge overnight, then bake as directed the following day.
From the cookbook, Take Five for Every Occasion