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Four-Ish Ingredient Recipe- Baked Ziti + Homemade Garlic Bread

Hello there again friends!
How was your weekend or how was your Mother’s Day?
It was a great weekend here, my parents came up to see our oldest daughter’s soccer game and ended up staying the night.
So we had dinner and a bonfire here:
Apparently, it is hard to get a clear picture around a bonfire.
We look like Cheech and Chong.
We made s’mores, listened to music, had some wine, laughed, and enjoyed the beautiful evening.
I looked around at everyone, and I wanted to hold that moment in.
I didn’t want it to end.
Mothers Day here was lots of fun too, I got some quality time in with Anna, spent all afternoon outside (and have the sunburn to prove it), went for a run with Anna early in the morning, and ended with some Housewives who may or may not have been from New Jersey.
I wish that kind of day like that for all of you wonderful people out there.

I do not know where I got this recipe.
I have made this for the past five or six years and everyone in my little family loves it.
This is great for company as you could make it ahead, refrigerate it then pop it in the oven as guests arrive.
There are fourish ingredients in this recipe as I have tweaked it here and there but you can tweak it as well to meet your needs.



1- one package of ziti pasta
2- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I use Paul Newman’s Marinara)
3- one package of shredded mozzarella (I use 2% and it still tasted good)
4- 1/2 package of frozen meatballs (I used the Wal-Mart brand, nothing but the best for my family)
4.5- so here is the “four-ish” part- spices are key. I use garlic powder, oregano, and garlic salt, and salt and pepper. You could also add Parmesan, red pepper flakes, and real garlic too to kick up the flavor a notch.
Boil the pasta according to package directions. Or be like me, who never boils pasta that way and just cook until it looks done.
Drain and set aside.
Now here is where your preference comes into play.
 If you like lots and lots of sauce?
 Use two jars.
Otherwise, use one jar.

I take half the jar (if you are using one jar) and in a greased 9×13, dispersed it on the bottom of the pan. Top the sauce with some garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then lay the pasta on top of it.


Place frozen meatballs on top of the pasta.

Then the rest of the sauce and more spices.

Top with shredded mozzarella.
 Bake in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes.
This is so good and the leftovers?
 Even better.
I serve this with a salad and bread.

When I have company, I serve this with a bagged Caesar salad and make my own garlic bread.

Here is the recipe for that:
-1 loaf of Italian bread
– stick butter
– oregano
-garlic powder
Cut the loaf in half lengthwise.
Either spray both sides with some spray butter or take the stick butter and spread onto both sides.
Add oregano and garlic to your taste.
Put in a 350-degree oven for 15- 25 minutes.







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