09 June 2009

Baked Beef Ziti

This is a Weight Watchers recipe (5 points per serving) and a huge favorite at our house. I especially like it because it's very flavorful without being full of bad-for-you ingredients; the spices really shine through! Thought I'd share:
12 oz ziti (although I have used both penne and macaroni; whole-wheat is great in this recipe because it makes it even more filling)
1/2 lean lb ground beef (turkey also works well)
2 Tbps olive oil (I just eyeball it)
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
28 oz. crushed tomatos
1 C shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1. Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. While the pasta cooks, preheat oven to 350.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet; when it's hot, add the garlic and cook until savory-smelling.
3. Add the ground beef and cook until done, then add all spices and cook until savory-smelling.
4. Add tomatos and bring to a boil.
5. Spoon just enough of the tomato-and-meat mixture into a 9x13 pan to cover the bottom.
6. Layer 1/2 the macaroni, 1/2 the remaining sauce, and 1/2 the cheese, then repeat.
7. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.


april b said...

This was great! My family love it!

treen said...

I used a full box of pasta and a full pound of meat ... and should have added some extra tomatoes, but didn't. And I used a lot of cheese. So much for those "5 points" with Weight Watchers.

Adam approved it for the "repeat" list, so that means he liked it! The girls ate it right up, and they've been being picky eaters lately. So that was a REALLY good thing in my book!

Lauren Baugus said...

Yay, so glad y'all liked it! :) Jeff asked that I add meat and cheese too...I had to talk him down from it to keep it healthy. It's a favorite at our house as-is, though!