This recipe is a relatively simple, yet tasty pasta recipe.


- 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 pound ziti (or penne) pasta
- Olive oil
- 32 ounces marinara sauce 
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon rosemary or basil
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Step 1: Boil the pasta uncovered until it is al dente (edible, but still firm). Add a little olive oil to keep it from sticking together (about 1-2 tablespoons). 
Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, cook the meat in a pan. Cook until it is fully cooked (no pink). 
Step 3: Dice the onions and the garlic - add them to the meat once the meat is almost cooked thoroughly. Cook for 4-5 minutes. 
Step 4: Add the marinara sauce as well as the red pepper, rosemary or basil, and italian seasoning.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 5: While the meat and sauce mixture is heating up, drain the pasta.
Step 6: In a pot, add the noodles and the meat sauce mixture together. 
Step 7: Pour the noodles/meat sauce into a 9 X 13 pan.
Step 8: Take the 1 cup of ricotta cheese and place spoonfuls evenly throughout the whole dish. I place it on top, then use the spoon to push it down a little. 
Step 9: Take the one cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and sprinkle it evenly on top. 
Step 10: Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the top is starting to brown.

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    April 2013