Updated: Dec 22, 2021
2 boxes of Ronzoni Ziti
2 lbs. of Ground Turkey
4 large jars of Marinara Sauce
3 (1 lb. 8 oz.) bricks of Extra Sharp Yellow Cheddar Cheese (do not use cheese in packages)
1 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 yellow onion, 2 cloves of fresh garlic (do not use garlic pepper)
½ tsp of salt and pepper to taste
1 package of Mozzarella Cheese
1 stick of butter (do not use margarine)
2 10 ½ x 12 ½ baking pans
Basil (fresh or dry)
Directions for preparing Baked Ziti
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook both boxes of the Ziti in water with a pinch of salt, until it is al dente.
Cut up the onion, garlic, red pepper, and green peppers into small pieces and separate into two groups.
Open the packages of ground turkey and add the onion, salt, pepper, garlic, red and green peppers, and mix with hands in a mixing bowl (Wear gloves)
Grate both packages of cheeses and leave in a bowl
Cooking the Ground Turkey or Beef
In a sauté pan, add the mixture and some sauce and cook the ground turkey until done, but do not fry it. Taste and add seasoning like salt and pepper, etc. to taste
Add some of the sauce to the baking pan, but remember to save most of it
Add a layer of the cooked Ziti
Add a layer of the cooked Ground Turkey
Add a layer of the Cheddar Cheese
Add a few pieces of butter
Mix one beaten egg. (This is the binder)
Add a layer of the Sauce
Add slices of Mozzarella Cheese
Add some Basil
Repeat steps 3 – 9 until you use all the turkey and cheese
Add remaining cheese topped with sauce
Baking the Ziti
Place the pans in a 350-degree oven, covered with aluminum foil until cheese is melted.
Note: Remember the Turkey is already cooked; therefore, you are just waiting for the cheese to melt, which means it is done.