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Baked Ziti… err Penne
Categories: Dinner, Domestic Goddess

When I asked Lily what she wanted for dinner today and she said spaghetti I knew right away that was not happening. I don’t make spaghetti in this house… that is JP’s specialty and he is out of town. I told Lily I can make something similar but different instead. I had an idea in mind for something I have never made before so I ran with it. I already had half of the ingredients in the pantry so the trip to the grocery store was quick and cheap.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • Ziti noodles… I used Penne because that is what I had on hand
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Onion, Chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Jar of Marinara Sauce
  • 1 can Whole Tomatoes, Drain the juice
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tub of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Bag of Mozzarella Cheese (or more.. there is no such thing as to much cheese)

Directions:

Heat olive oil, onion and garlic in a large sauce pan.

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Note: You will also need to boil water and cook your noodles while you are making the sauce.

Once the onions start to soften add the sausage and cook until browned.

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Add the marinara sauce, canned tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Stir and simmer for about 15 minutes.

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In another bowl combine the mozzarella, egg and cottage cheese.

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Stir the ingredients together.

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Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water.

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Once the noodles are cold combine them with the cottage cheese mixture.

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Take a few cups of sauce and add it to the noodle/cottage cheese mixture.

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Take your noodles and put half of them in a glass pan. Top the noodles with half of the sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. Then repeat the same thing with the remaining noodles and sauce. Kinda like lasagna only better.

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Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes or until the cheese melts.

This meal is totally Lily approved… she even had seconds!

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Most people would probably like ricotta instead of cottage cheese for this recipe. I used cottage cheese since JP is out of town. He claims to hate cottage cheese which I think is crazy talk.

How to make baked ziti with cottage cheese recipe

2 Comments to “Baked Ziti… err Penne”

  1. Rich says:

    Joy would make this for kids at Thanksgiving when there was a bunch of young ones.

  2. […] the first time but I used penne noodles instead of ziti. You can view the recipe that I used again here. Lily requested the meal again so this time I made it correctly with ziti instead of […]

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