When the house is hot from the heat outside, the last thing you want to do it crank up the oven. But, what do you do when you are craving a big plate of baked pasta? Try the microwave.
As long as you have a microwaveable casserole dish that fits in your oven (and will still rotate), you can make your casseroles in half the time. I have a round stoneware dish as well as a covered stoneware baker. Both work perfectly in the microwave and are easy to clean too.
Here is a recipe for you to experiment with…
"Baked" Spinach Ziti in the Microwave
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 pound ground beef browned and drained
- 1 15 ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 1 box frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry
- Â½ teaspoon salt
- Â¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 box 16 ounces ziti, cooked according to package directions
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Simmer the browned ground beef with the spaghetti sauce as the pasta cooks.
- Mix the ricotta, Parmesan, egg, spinach, salt and pepper together.
- Place enough sauce in the bottom of your microwaveable dish to barely cover the bottom. Add a layer of drained ziti. Dot the ziti with tablespoons of ricotta mixture. Smooth into a layer. Sprinkle about Â½ cup of mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of meat sauce.
- Repeat layers, omitting the mozzarella layer and ending with meat sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella.
- Place the casserole into the microwave. Cover and set for 15 to 20 minutes on high. Allow the casserole to rest inside the microwave for about two minutes.
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