Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

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This is my favorite dish to make on a cold day! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

No Bread Maker Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

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You know you’ve got a good loaf of bread when you’re eating pieces of it dry and LOVING IT!  This honey whole wheat bread is easy to make, doesn’t require a bread maker and is delicious.  Plus, it’s cheaper than store-bought bread and you KNOW it’s 100% natural with no nasty preservatives.  I started making this bread a few years ago and haven’t bought a loaf of whole wheat bread since.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Food processor or mixer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheet or pizza stone/peel
  • Dish towel or plastic wrap
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup honey

Instructions

  • Proof the yeast by adding the packet of yeast and sugar to 1/3 cup of warm water. Let sit for about 5 minutes.  At this point your mixture should develop some foam. If not, your yeast is bad!
  • Get your food processor out and put on the plastic dough blade.  Pour the whole wheat flour, bread flour and salt into the food processor. Pulse a few times to mix up ingredients.
  • With food processor running, pour honey and olive oil through feed tube. Once this has thoroughly mixed, leave the processor running and poor in the yeast mixture and the 1 1/2 cups water slowly.  Remember, depending on the humidity in your kitchen, you may need to add more or less water!
  • Let the processor kneed the dough for about 4 minutes.  The dough should be very sticky and elastic. If it is not sticky, add more water and process longer. If the dough is too liquidy, add more flour and process.
  • Remove dough from the processor and shape into a ball. Place dough in a well oiled mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with either a towel or plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to rise.  Let the dough rise until it is roughly twice its initial size; about 60-90 minutes.
  • Punch down the dough, removing air bubbles.  Remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a ball. Place the dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or pizza peel if you are cooking on a pizza stone). Cover again with towel or plastic wrap.
  • Allow the dough to rise again for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Once the second rise is complete, place the baking sheet in the oven (or slide dough off pizza peel onto pizza stone) and bake for 25-40 minutes.

Enjoy!