When I first learned about this recipe several years ago, I was home recovering from minor surgery. I was taking pain medication, feeling very drowsy and extremely sore. I was hungry, but decided that I would much rather be run over by a freight train than have to cook dinner for myself or anyone else.
I was trying to decide between calling for Pizza or Chinese take out, when low and behold...the doorbell rang. It was Anne (my sister in law) holding a Get Well card, along with a huge baking dish covered with tin foil!
Suddenly it was as if I heard angels singing, and there seemed to be a shimmering ray of light that surrounded her (It must have been the effects of the meds I was taking). One thing I know for sure though, is that the house was filled with the aroma of a home cooked meal! She said it was called Ziti Beef Bake.
ZITI BEEF BAKE
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1-28 oz can whole tomatoes
1-8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound mozzarella cheese, grated
1 or 1.5 pounds ziti
Saute onion in oil until tender. Add beef and brown, chopping into small bits.
Ziti Beef Bake is definitely a "staple" in our house. Try it, and I bet it will become a staple in your house too!