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    Creamy Baked Ziti

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    55 mins

    30 mins

    25 mins

    MTpockets's Note:

    I won't promise you "Fast and Easy" With this one. It's a little more work than most but It's oh so worth the effort. It's called "Creamy" Due to the fact that there is a made from scratch cream sauce added instead of Ricotta Cheese. I am NOT a fan of Ricotta cheese so I think this version is a nice alternative. It's great served with a beautiful ceasar salad and a basket of sliced crusty bread. Yum!! This is truly delicious!

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoons Olive oil and onions and saute 5 minutes or until tender.
    2. 2
      Add beef and brown.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, In a large pot or dutch oven, cook pasta ala dente and drain well.
    4. 4
      Brown beef until it's no longer pink and drain off fat.
    5. 5
      In the same skillet, add to beef and onions, 1/2 teaspoons salt, garlic, pasta sauce, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
    6. 6
      Stir to blend, Then set aside.
    7. 7
      In a heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat, add flour and whisk constantly until smooth and well blended or about 1 minute, gradually add milk and simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens.
    8. 8
      Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and remaining 1/4 tsp salt and pepper.
    9. 9
      Pour beef mixture and milk mixture into dutch oven with noodles and mix until well blended.
    10. 10
      Transfer entire mixture to a large, buttered, baking dish or nonstick lasagne pan, top with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake at 350' for 20-25 minutes or until mixture is heated through and bubbly and cheese is melted and becoming crusty.
    11. 11
      ** sometimes I add 1/2 the cheese to beef mixture and then top with the other half.
    12. 12
      Let stand approximately 5-10 minutes, and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 18, 2007

      55

      This was a great recipe! I do not like ricotta, so this was a perfect fit. Made with bulk italian sausage. The whole family really enjoyed. Thanks for posting!

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    • on October 09, 2006

      25

      This was disappointing because it wasn't creamy. I think if the milk mixture had been doubled, perhaps it would have been. A traditional baked ziti with ricotta cheese is so much better than this. Sorry.

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    Nutritional Facts for Creamy Baked Ziti

    Serving Size: 1 (386 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1020.9
     
    Calories from Fat 443
    43%
    Total Fat 49.3 g
    75%
    Saturated Fat 23.9 g
    119%
    Cholesterol 164.3 mg
    54%
    Sodium 1946.0 mg
    81%
    Total Carbohydrate 89.3 g
    29%
    Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
    24%
    Sugars 11.3 g
    45%
    Protein 54.7 g
    109%

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