Yield: 20 servings
Best Baked Ziti for a Crowd
Delicious party sized baked ziti with meat sauce, pasta, and 3 cheeses.
2 pounds dry ziti or penne pasta
1 cup chopped onion (frozen is fine)
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 hot Italian sausage link, crumbled (optional)
4 (26-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
3/4 pound (12 oz) sliced provolone (not smoked)
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, beaten
1 (16-oz) carton whole milk ricotta cheese
3/4 pound (4 cups) mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 TB Italian seasoning (optional)
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
In medium bowl, stir together ricotta, sour cream, egg & Italian seasoning.
Spray one jumbo or two large aluminum foil pans with cooking spray.
Layer ingredients as follows:
Half of the sauce
Half of the ziti
Half of the Provolone cheese,
Half of the mozzarella
Layer remaining sauce, ziti, provolone & mozzarella.
Spread all of ricotta/sour cream mixture on top.
Sprinkle parmesan on top.
Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.
Assemble (but do not cook) ziti.
Wrap well, label, and freeze.
TO COOK FROM FROZEN:
Place in fridge to thaw a few days before serving.
Bake at 350 until bubbly.
Allow to rest at least a half hour before serving.
Amount Per Serving