I may live in Texas, but I’m a Jersey girl at heart. This is one of the dishes my mom made when I was younger and I only had about twice since I’ve been in Texas. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out looking like the picture. It never does!
2 or 3 LBS of ground beef
3 LBS jar of meat spaghetti sauce (If fancy your own sauce)
Small/Medium/Large tub of ricotta cheese (Whole or Skim)
Big bag of Ziti pasta or Penne pasta
Bag of shredded cheese sharp
Bag of shredded cheese mild
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Brown ground beef on stove top.
Place a large pot with hot water on to boil. Once boiling place the pasta into the pot. Cook until done. Strain pasta.
As you are doing this, you can be making your own sauce or warming up the spaghetti sauce. Once warm, put as little or all of the ricotta cheese into the sauce pot. Stir, melting the cheese. Leave no chunks and the sauce will become a light red.
Once ground beef is done, drain it before adding it to the sauce. Mix together, then put on low.
Get you baking pan. Cover the bottom with pasta, before adding some meat/sauce to cover the pasta. Sprinkle cheese on top of meat. (Repeat until you run out of pasta and meat)
I like to do the first two layers with mild adding the sharp on the top layer.
Wrap with foil, place in oven until cheese is melted. (About 20 minutes.)
Once done, take out of the oven and serve.
Will be extremely hot. Remember to blow. 🙂 Taste yummy with garlic bread or Texas toast.