Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What's for Dinner Tonight?

I'm not sure that I'm actually making this for dinner tonight but I thought I'd share another favorite recipe with ya. If you can't tell...I love Italian Food and this Weight Watchers recipe makes it so I can have it...love that! Enjoy!

POINTS® Value: 5
Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 50 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate


12 oz uncooked ziti

2 tsp olive oil

2 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) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • 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.

8 comments that make my day!:

Elizabeth S. said...

This looks delicious, Lorie! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Happy New Year,

Unknown said...

Sounds yummy! I love pasta so I'll have to try it sometime.

Jenn Diercks said...

Are you in my kitchen? I seriously made this today for later in the week. It smells super yummy! Today we're having Chili-Beef Tacos.

Pat said...

YUMMY! Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I can't wait to try it myself.

Stacey said...

Kinda like a baked ziti meets lasagna....sorta! :)
I JUST started WW...on my own though....as much as I'd LOVE to do meetings, they're 30 minutes away and ONLY in the evenings. Just not a good time for me. So, I'm giving it a whirl, counting points on my own! So far so good....ha....2 days down! :)
Anyways........I welcome a WW recipe ANY day since it's all pointed out already. Makes life a little easier!! Thanks for sharing!

Missy said...

This is great. My hubby is Italian and I have so been wanting to make some baked ziti. I hear about it all the time and we have been in a dinner rut so this is awesome. thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Diane said...

I'm coming over,lol!!! Looks and sounds delicious!!! TFS!

Cristina said...

I LOVE baked ziti. Need to try this one! Thanks for sharing.