Baked Ziti

Today, we have a guest post recipe from HC Palmquist.

Baked Ziti


3-4 lbs Ground hamburger

1 purple onion chopped

1 clove of garlic peeled and pressed (canned minced works too)

2 zucchinis chopped

2 yellow squash chopped

4-6 cans of tomato paste

1 bottle of red wine – Marsala or Cabernet Sauvignon is the best

2 bags of finely shredded Mozzarella

Ziti noodles

Dry Basil and Oregano

Ground sea salt (regular salt if that’s all you have)

Ground black pepper

1 large casserole dish

In a large pot, brown the hamburger and drain. Add onion, garlic and some salt and pepper. Mix in tomato paste and add bottle of wine. Bring to a low boil. Stir in zucchini, squash and dry herbs. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the ziti noodles to al dente, drain and put in casserole dish. Dump in one bag of shredded Mozzarella and mix around. Pour in sauce and stir. Empty last bag of cheese on top and cover with aluminum foil tented in the middle. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for 5-10 minutes then serve. Best if you buy 2 bottles of wine and have the second one with your meal. Enjoy!

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