Mom used to make this pasta on special days, like on Holidays and a lot of Sundays. It was a big treat for us. It's a lot of work because of all the ingredients that you have to prepare and layer but it's well worth it.
2 lbs ziti
4 hard boiled eggs
1 lb ground beef
1 can green peas
16 oz shredded mozzarella
8 oz ricotta cheese
8 oz parmesan grated cheese
2 tbsps water
sauce of your choice
I use my mom's sauce, recipe is posted.
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
Brown ground beef and drain fat, boil eggs (hard boiled) cut eggs in slices, discard the ends of the eggs, cook pasta as directed make it a little al dente.
Drain pasta and put it back in the pot, mix ground beef, pour enough sauce to coat the pasta make sure you divide the sauce so you can have enough for the baking preparation. Mix the ricotta with the 2 tablespoons of water so it can be easy to spread on the pasta.
In a 13x9 pan, pour a ladle of sauce and spread it all around the pan, add half of the pasta, spread the ricotta on top of the pasta, add the can of peas, sprinkle half of the grated cheese and layer the eggs on every section of the pasta, sprinkle half of mozzarella. Add the remaining of the pasta and add grated cheese, sauce and mozzarella. cover with aluminum foil and cook for about 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.Mom used to let it sit for about 10 minutes so when you would cut portions they wouldn't fall apart.(You can choose what ever item you like in the ziti...but we love it just like that...it's filling and it's good.
(The prep time is not accurate, because I really never timed how long it would take).
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