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A Way To a Man's Heart is Through his Stomach - Valentine Ziti Recipe

I don't know about you, but my husband could care less about presents for Valentine's Day.  But one thing he does love is my baked ziti.

This recipe is simple and is a great way for me to say I love you this Valentine's day.

Quick tip:  I use a rectagular foil tray to make my ziti and just toss it in recycles when I am done.  Saves me clean up time.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb. ziti cooked "al dente"  (any brand)
2 jars of spaghetti sauce (make sure they are over 20 oz.)  ( I use Prego Heart Smart)  or you can use homemade sauce.
2 lbs ground beef browned and drained
15 oz. Ricotta cheese (any brand or type, I use part skim)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
(optional: 1/3 cup parmesan cheese)

Mix the sauce with the browned ground beef and heat
In a seperate bowl mix all cheeses together
Combine ziti, meat sauce and cheese together in a large baking dish or foil tray
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.


This freezes great and refrigerates well.

Buon Appetito!!


  1. YUM!! That looks good!! Maybe he'll get to my heart and make it for ME!! ha/ha

  2. Yum! It's like a lazy version of the lasagne I make!

    1. I have a lasagna recipe too. Youre right, its very similar

  3. Oh great, now I've got to cook tonight! This looks delicious and Just Plane Dad will love it.

  4. This looks delicious! Pasta is always a winner. Happy Valentine's Day!

  5. This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!


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