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Baked Ziti With Easy Homemade Italian Gravy

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“Baked ziti with a quick and easy homemade Italian meat gravy.”
READY IN:
1hr 20mins
SERVES:
6-8
YIELD:
1 9X12 baking pan
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Gravy (2 hours before dinner or as early as a few days before) in a medium bowl mix together . . . ground beef, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1 clove garlic minced, 2 TBS Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Mix with fork until evenly blended. Brown meat mixture in olive oil in a 5 qt sauce pan. When cooked almost through remove.
  2. Drain pan. Add 1 lb sausage. Brown well on all sides. Remove.
  3. Drain pan well. Saute 1/2 lb sliced slice fresh mushroom until slightly brown.
  4. Return sausage links and ground meat mixture to sauce pan. Add tomatoes, puree, 1 tsp parsley, 1 TBS basil, 1 clove minced garlic. Simmer 1 hour. Remove sausage, slice (1/4 ") return to pot. continue to simmer until ready to use.
  5. NEXT. Fill large pot with 5 quarts cold water. Bring to boil. Cook ziti according to package directions (al dente).
  6. While ziti is cooking mix together ricotta, 3/4 lb mozzarella, Romano and black pepper.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  8. Drain ziti well. Place in 9X12 baking dish. Add cheese mixture blend well.
  9. With slotted spoon, remove 2-3 cups meat and mushrooms from gravy. Add to ziti. Add 1 cup extra sauce. Mix well. Top with remaining mozzarella. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. remove cover and baked another 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts and gets bubbly. You do not want it to brown.
  10. Also works well with medium sized shells.
  11. 1 cup sliced black olives may be added to recipe or substituted for mushrooms.

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