baked ziti with meat

Categories
Italian
Meat
Pasta
Good
Meal
Yield
4 Servings
MeasureIngredient
1 pounds Ground hamburger
  Or
1 pounds Italian sausage
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
1 medium Pepper green
1 medium Pepper red
1 tablespoon Garlic clove minced
16 ounces Tomato canned
¼ cup Wine table, red
8 ounces Tomato Sauce, canned
3 mediums Onions
1 teaspoon Basil
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Pepper
¼ tablespoon Oregano
½ cup Ricotta Chs skim milk
¼ cup Parmesan grated
½ pounds Spinach fresh
½ cup Frozen corn
8 ounces Ziti
¼ pounds Mushrooms fresh

Coarsely chop the onion, red and green peppers. Clean stem and fine chop the spinach. Chop mushrooms. Cook ziti and drain. Heat 1 tbs of oil over medium heat saute the peppers about 5 minutes remove peppers with slotted spoon and set aside. Put in the rest of the oil and saute onions about 3 minutes. Add the hamburger or suasage and brown stirring to break up the meat. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute 2 more minutes. Drain the excess fat and grease. Break up the tomatoes with fork and add with the tomato sauce, wine, basil, salt, black pepper, and oregano. Bring to boil. Lower heat and cook uncovered about 20 minutes. Add spinach and corn cooking until spinach wilts.

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Coat 2½ quart casserole dish with oil spray. Combine ziti, tomato mixture, ricotta, and 2/3rds of peppers in large bowl then spoon into casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan. Bake 25 minutes and garnish with rest of peppers after removal. Can substitute chopped brocolli for the fresh spinach, we like it better. (use a 10 oz frozen package to make faster) Source: The Vegetarian Times Magazine with meat added for flavor

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