**I made this last night and honestly think this is the best baked ziti recipe I have ever had! It is amazing and moist! My only thing is that you need to pay attention to the amount of pasta you make, the recipe calls for a whole pound and that is what you need to actually make. I did not pay attention and made less because the box I made was not a full pound.**
1 pound of ground beef
2 cans or jars (26 ounces) of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 jar (16 ounces) garlic alfredo sauce
1 box (1 pound) of penne pasta
1/2 yellow onion diced (optional)
1 bag (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray.
Prepare pasta according to package directions
In a medium sauce pan, brown ground beef with onion (if using). After beef is brown and crumbled, drain excess grease. Put back in pot and pour in one (1) jar of spaghetti sauce. Keep mixture on low until the pasta is done.
When the pasta is done, drain excess water from pasta. You want the pasta as dry as possible. Put pasta back in large pot (with heat off) and pour jar of Alfredo sauce. Combine until pasta is coated thoroughly.
Pour past mixture into bottom of 9×13 dish. Cover pasta with spaghetti sauce mixture.
** Don’t put that pot you used for the spaghetti sauce mixture in with the dirty dishes just yet. Keep that pot out and start heating up the second jar of sauce on low heat. Put a cover on it to keep warm until ziti is finished baking.
Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Let rest for about 5 minutes after taking out of oven. Serve portions onto plates and pour some of the heated spaghetti sauce on top.
** At first, I did not think I would need the second jar of sauce, but you really do! The pasta soaks all the sauce up and you need to add more. I did not use the onions because I am allergic. This came out really good.**