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Monday, February 15, 2010

Feb. 15 - Baked Ziti (again!)

We just had some ziti casserole last weekend, but one of the mamas in the club had a baby and I signed up to deliver her a meal (a few days late because of the snow, but at least we finally got it to her!). It's the same recipe as before, but I'll post it again. I made some of the Pillsbury garlic crescent rolls and salad to go with it, and some of the brownies from scratch for dessert!

Baked Ziti
1 lb ziti noodles
1 lb ground sausage
1/2 lb ground beef
3 cups mozzarella cheese
3 cups marinara/spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Cook ziti in boiling water; drain.
  3. Brown meats; drain off fat.
  4. In a large baking dish, layer ziti, meat, cheese and sauce; repeat until everything has been used.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake about 30 - 40 minutes until bubbly.

Best Brownies
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan. If you use a glass dish, turn heat down by 25 degrees and bake a few minutes longer.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. Use a wooden spoon to mix and do NOT use a blender (they won't be as fudge-y if you blend).
  3. Bake in preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, making sure not to over cook.

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