I have several recipes that are on our semi-regular rotation. I'm always making and trying new things, but we have some easy favorites that I know that I can count on on rushed nights - like this One-Skillet Baked Ziti recipe.
Not only is this recipe fast, coming in at around 30 minutes, but it's also super tasty and made with easy to find, inexpensive ingredients.
I serve this pasta with my 30 Minute Garlic Knots and a simple green salad for a delicious meal that's ready in just about half in hour!
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One-Skillet Baked Ziti
- 1 lb . lean ground beef
- 6 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2-15 oz cans diced tomatoes (undrained,)
- 1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 T . dried basil (I use sweet basil)
- 1 teaspoon . Italian seasoning
- 2-3 c . water
- 12 oz . dry ziti (can also use penne or similar shaped pasta)
- ½ c . half-and-half (regular or fat-free)
- ½ c . grated Parmesan
- 8 oz . fresh mozzarella
- Preheat oven to low broil (500-550 F).
- Cook ground beef in an oven-safe skillet that's at least 12-inches over medium heat.
- Drain and return to pan.
- Add the garlic to the pan, and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil, and Italian seasoning.
- Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
- Add 2 cups water and dry pasta.
- Bring to boil.
- Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until noodles are tender. If the sauce starts to cook down too much, add additional water as needed.
- Stir in the half-and-half and parmesan cheese.
- Place slices of mozzarella on top of pasta.
- Bake until the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes.