Thursday, April 5, 2007

Baked Ziti with Ground Beef

1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
14 1/2 oz can diced tomato, undrained
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp dried leaf basil, crumbled
1/2 tsp dried leaf oregano, crumbled
1/2 tsp garlic powder or small clove, minced
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 oz ziti, cooked
2 cups shredded mozarella

Saute the ground beef, onion, and green pepper in a large skillet until onion is tender and beef is lightly browned. Drain.
Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
Stir well, stir in ziti and 1 cup of the cheese. Transfer to a 2 1/2 qt casserole. Top with the remaining cup of cheese.
Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serves about 6.

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