In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been into comfort food lately. There is something about living out here in the country that’s put me in a really good place. I’ve been craving a simple but meaty pasta dish lately, and this Baked Ziti hit the spot.
1 Pound Penne or Ziti Pasta
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
1/2 Teasp Spanish Sweet Smoked Paprika
24-oz jar of Pasta Sauce
1.5 – 2 Cups Ricotta
8oz Shredded Mozzarella
1 Cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Preheat the oven to 450F
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add some salt to it. Boil the pasta until just al dente. Drain.
In a Dutch Oven over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.
Add the ground beef and paprika. Break up the ground beef. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the beef is browned.
Add the pasta sauce. Partially cover, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the pasta to the sauce. Stir to thoroughly coat the pasta. Add the ricotta by large spoonfulls. Gently stir it in.
Pour half the pasta/sauce mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle half the mozzarella and half the Parmigiano on it. Pour the remaining pasta/ziti mixture into the baking disk. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and half the Parmigiano on top.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has browned. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.