Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baked Beef Ziti

I was looking around on the weight watchers website at  recipes and I found this one and it looked so yummy I decided to try it out. And BOY was it yummy, I don't know how its only 7 points!!! :)

12 oz uncooked ziti
2 tsp olive oil
2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
1/3 pound(s) raw lean ground beef
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup(s) (shredded) part-skim mozzarella cheese

- So IGA didn't have ziti instead I used Penne noodles, which worked just fine ;)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.

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.
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. Yields 1 piece per serving.

I weighed last night just to check out how I was doing in the middle of the week and I've lost 1 more pound :) So happy for myself! I am truly enjoying this diet!!!! Hope ya'll enjoy the recipe and find it just as yummy as I did.

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