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Friday, June 24, 2011

This casserole reminds me of My Mom's Macaroni Casserole so I knew it would be a winner with my family. With the added green peppers it gave it a little different taste but it was still yummy. I knew mushrooms would be great in this but since my family members aren't huge fans of mushrooms, I went with the cream of mushroom soup instead. It made it extra creamy and really delicious. This made a good amount for us and it's an easy dish to throw together on a busy night.

Ziti Casserole

16 ounces ziti or other large tubular pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 clove garlic
1 cup chopped onion
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 jar (25 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or a combination of mozzarella and cheddar

Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350°.

Cook pasta in boiling water following package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water.

In a large skillet, saute the onion and garlic until tender. Add the ground beef and cook until almost done. Add onion, green pepper and cook another 5 minutes or so.

Stir in the spaghetti sauce, cream of mushroom soup, and diced tomatoes. Cook, stirring, until hot. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Spread half of the pasta in the prepared baking dish. Spoon half of the sauce over the pasta, then top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers with the remaining pasta, sauce, and cheese.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Serves 8.

Here's what you need....

Saute the onion and garlic then add 
the ground beef and cook that. 
Throw in the green peppers.

Then add the CofM soup, spaghetti 
sauce and diced tomatoes.

Stir that up until nice and creamy and bubbly.

Then start layering with your cooked 
pasta, meat mixture and cheese.

You want to end with the cheese on top. 
I got two layers each of the pasta, 
meat mixture and cheese.

Bake it up and enjoy it!

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