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Baked beef ziti

Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
50 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Moderate
If you thought you couldn't indulge in favorites and still lose weight, you'll be thrilled to know that baked ziti is not a thing of the past.
Ingredients

uncooked ziti

12 oz

olive oil

2 tsp

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

uncooked lean ground beef

pound(s)

dried oregano

1 tsp

dried thyme

1 tsp

dried rosemary

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

½ tsp

canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz

part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 cup(s), shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.
  4. Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover surface); top with half of cooked ziti. Next, layer with half of remaining beef-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining beef-tomato sauce; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve.
  6. Per serving: 1/8 of casserole

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