Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Meat Sauce

This recipe is based on one from Cooks.com and I made some substitutions because I don't drink (and didn't have wine) and I was out of mushrooms. It's always such a bummer when you find yourself short one ingredient and you've already made one trip to the store.

1 (16 oz.) box baked ziti
1 lb. spicy Jimmy Dean sausage
1 med. onion, chopped
15 oz. Ricotta cheese
2 cups of shredded Mozzarella
1 egg
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
16 oz. jar sauce
1 c. sliced mushrooms


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box.
  2. While pasta is boiling, cook sausage and onions until meat is cooked.
  3. Drain pasta. Add cooked sausage and onions.

  4. Separately, mix Ricotta cheese, Oregano and egg

  5. Add sherry, garlic powder, sauce and mushrooms to Ricotta mix.

  6. Combine pasta/meat mixture with sauce mixture.

  7. Pour mixture into casserole dish or 9x13 pan. Top with Mozzarella.

  8. Bake for 60 minutes at 350.

Servings: 6

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