Baked Ziti

INGREDIENTS:

Your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 box ziti pasta (tube shaped macaroni)
8 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 c. milk
8 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese
Pinch of sweet basil
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of italian seasoning
8-12 inch baking dish
1 med. bowl for mixing

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare pasta as stated on package. In a medium mixing bowl dump ricotta cheese into bowl mix in the milk and spices, stir, consistency should be similar to pancake batter or slightly thicker. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8 x 12 inch baking dish. Prepare bottom of dish with 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.
In medium bowl add pasta to ricotta cheese. Mix well. Then dump into 8 x 12 inch pan. Lay mozzarella cheese on top of macaroni. Add 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce to top to keep mozzarella from burning. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly warm. Let stand before serving and top with more spaghetti sauce to serve. Add bread and salad for a complete meal.

Med-Peds Unit

Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

INGREDIENTS:

1 (2 3/4 lb.) med. spaghetti squash, cooked in microwave oven about 12 minutes or baked, then cooled for handling
3 tbsp. flour
1 med. clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (15 oz.) carton low fat Ricotta cheese, drained
1 c. packed spinach leaves
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. Italian style red pasta sauce
6 oz. sliced Mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Split squash lengthwise. Remove seeds and stringy portion. Use fork to comb squash flesh, pulling it off in long strands. Place in large mixing bowl. Toss with flour, garlic and salt until well combined.
Blend Ricotta, spinach and Parmesan cheese in food processor or blender until smooth.

To assemble, spread 1/2 cup sauce on bottom of shallow 6-cup baking dish. Top with spaghetti squash, arranging evenly and compactly. Spread Ricotta mixture evenly over squash. Spread remaining sauce over Ricotta. Cover with sliced Mozzarella. Place on baking sheet to catch any juices during baking.

Bake on center rack of 350 degree oven, uncovered, until cheese is lightly browned on edges and juices bubble, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cut into squares and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Mama’s Italian Bake

INGREDIENTS:

3 lb chicken breast
6 italian sausage links
2 jars spaghetti sauce
1 lb package penne pasta
1 large pkg pizza cheese
1 onion
bell peppers all colors

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the chicken cut up, onions, peppers, and sausage cut up. Drain.
Boil penne pasta, then drain. Mix the pasta, sausage, onion, peppers, chicken and sauce.

Put it in a large, deep dish. Top heavily with cheese.

Bake at 325 for about 45 min or until golden and bubbly.

Submitted by: Angela Clayton