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Baked Ziti with Meat
 

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Francisco in response to my quest for recipes using Balsamic Vinegar. (You can contact Shirley by emailing her - click here).

Ingredients

1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
2 Tblsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium green pepper
1 medium pepper red
1 Tblsp. garlic, minced
16 oz. can tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
8 oz. can tomato sauce
3 medium onions
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup ricotta (drained well in cheesecloth)
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
1/2 lb. fresh spinach
1/2 cup frozen corn
8 oz. ziti
1/4 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced

Method
  • Finely chop the onion, red and green peppers. Clean stem and fine chop the spinach. Chop mushrooms.
  • Cook ziti and drain.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat and sauté the peppers about 5 minutes. Remove peppers with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Put in the rest of the oil and sauté onions about 3 minutes.
  • Add the hamburger and sausage and brown stirring to break up the meat.
  • Add garlic and mushrooms and sauté 2 more minutes. Drain the excess fat and grease.
  • Break up the tomatoes with fork and add with the tomato sauce, wine, basil, salt, black pepper, and oregano. Bring to boil. Lower heat and cook uncovered about 20 minutes.
  • Add spinach and corn, cooking until spinach wilts.
  • Preheat oven to 375º.
  • Coat a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish with oil spray. Combine ziti, tomato mixture, ricotta, and two-thirds of peppers in large bowl then spoon into casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan.
  • Bake 25 minutes and garnish with the rest of the peppers after removal.

Serves 4

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