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Baked Ziti

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

2 eggs

Basil (fresh or dry)

Olive Oil

Directions for preparing Baked Ziti

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Cook both boxes of the Ziti in water with a pinch of salt, until it is al dente.

  2. Cut up the onion, garlic, red pepper, and green peppers into small pieces and separate into two groups.

  3. 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)

  4. 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

  1. Add some of the sauce to the baking pan, but remember to save most of it

  2. Add a layer of the cooked Ziti

  3. Add a layer of the cooked Ground Turkey

  4. Add a layer of the Cheddar Cheese

  5. Add a few pieces of butter

  6. Mix one beaten egg. (This is the binder)

  7. Add a layer of the Sauce

  8. Add slices of Mozzarella Cheese

  9. Add some Basil

  10. Repeat steps 3 – 9 until you use all the turkey and cheese

  11. 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.

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