Thursday, April 19, 2007

Game Night

Tyler and I had some of his work buddies over for game night yesterday. I'm proud to say that I beat all of them in some Vegas Showdown board game. I'd never played it before but apparantly I am a natural at building fake hotels and casinos, who'd of thought? Since there wasn't much time to prepare dinner I went the easy route, baked ziti and a bagged salad and ready to bake garlic bread. I don't have any pictures but here's the ziti recipe.

Baked Ziti (made by Julia)

1 pound dry ziti pasta (penne is a good substitution)
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce (I prefer Classico, the cabernet marina is my favorite)
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 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.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

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