That Time I Made Ziti

August 7, 2013

I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog that I spend my Sunday morning each week meal planning and going grocery shopping. I realized this past Sunday that I had a little bit of a problem: I was hardly ever making the same meal twice.

When Nick and I first started living together, I tried to make a few dishes, mostly inspired by my mom and his. Although I wasn’t exactly in my cooking prime then, I could definitely throw down on a pot roast or this ziti recipe that I’m about to share with you all.

Now in the world of Pinterest, eMeals and SkinnyTaste, I always forget to go back to the classics. I forget that there are cookbooks with family recipes sitting on my shelves in my kitchen. Recipes that bring back wonderful memories for both me and Nick.

So this week, I decided to go back and revisit these recipes that we love so dearly. Last night I made my mom’s ziti and it’s definitely the best ziti that I’ve ever had, hands down. Nick had THREE helpings, y’all. (Yes, I got onto him…. so much for portion control…)

Baked Ziti

Mild Italian Sausage (I used Johnsonville links)
Half of a medium onion, sliced
28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
6 oz. can of tomato paste
8 oz. ziti noodles
2 cups of Mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Brown sausage and onions in a large pan until cooked through.
3. Add diced tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to a simmer then turn to low.
4. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain.
5. Add pasta to tomato and sausage mixture and stir together.
6. Add mixture to 13 x 9 casserole dish, then sprinkle cheese on top.
7. Cover with foil and cook in oven for about 10 or 15 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

Is there a dish that you associate with home? How do you find meals to make: base it on tradition or find new dishes?

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