Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

I usually double this recipe because everyone loves it so much and it reheats well. A friend of mine says it freezes well, but it never lasts long enough in my house to find out.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook ziti according to package instructions, rinse and set aside.
  2. Mix sausage & ground beef together and cook in a skillet until done and crumbled.
  3. Drain, and set aside.
  4. Saute onions & peppers until almost done, then add garlic & optional carrots and mushrooms, and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Add spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and sauteed vegetables to meat.
  6. Stir and cook on medium heat about 30 minutes.
  7. Spray lg baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Spread layer of sauce mixture on bottom of pan.
  9. Layer with 1/2 of ziti noodles, then 1/2 of the cottage cheese, then 1/2 of the well drained spinach, then 1/3 of the shredded jack cheese, then 1/3 of the parmesan cheese.
  10. Pack down with your hands or with a large heavy metal spoon.
  11. Cover with more sauce, then repeat layering; ziti, cottage cheese, spinach, jack cheese, and parmesan.
  12. Cover with more sauce, then top with remaining 1/3 jack cheese and 1/3 parmesan cheese.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, making sure cheese doesn't burn.

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