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Monday, February 23, 2009

Party Pasta Bowl by Mel

1 pkg. uncooked ziti
1 c. chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
2-3 garlic cloves
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 jar (48 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 egg
1 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 c. fresh parsley (I use dried)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, divided

Cook pasta according to package. Cook onion, beef and garlic over medium heat 8-10 minutes, then drain. Add seasonings, sauce and tomatoes. In small bowl, mix egg, ricotta, 1 c. mozzarella, 1/4 c. Parmesan, parsley and pepper. To assemble, place pasta in 9x13 baking dish (or slightly larger), add 6 cups of meat sauce and mix well. Spread cheese mixture evenly over pasta. Top with remaining sauce.

Serving Day:
Thaw completely. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 1 hour. Top with remaining cheeses. Continue baking 10 minutes or until bubbly. (Yields 12 servings)


  1. Does this freeze well. Any special directions if I wish to make it, freeze it, and serve it in a few weeks?

  2. Our family LOVED this dish. Lots of good flavor and lots of food! We definitely be making this again! Thanks Mel for making this great dish!

  3. This was great. The kids liked it and was wonderful. Thanks!

  4. We had this prepared by Wendy. It was very good. It made TONS of food. Thanks Wendy!

  5. Loved it! One of our favorites actually! It made so much that I took leftovers to school and it got rave reviews there too! Thanks so much!

  6. Quote from Luke: "It wasn't good... It wasn't great... IT WAS AMAZING!!!" :)

    Kids and grown-ups loved it and leftovers heat up really well.

    We had Wendy's version of this and it was a LOT of yummy food. A nice alternative to traditional lasagna and my kids love ziti/penne noodles anytime.