If your family can’t decide between Italian or Mexican food, then we’ve got the perfect solution, Tex Mex Ziti! This beefy and cheesy casserole combines the best of two cultures in just one dish. Not only will your whole gang be pleased, but you will be too, ’cause this recipe is weeknight-easy!
What You’ll Need:
1 (12-ounce) package ziti
1 pound ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup salsa
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and drain again; set aside in a large bowl.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef and onion 5 minutes; drain off excess liquid. Add to drained pasta along with spaghetti sauce, salsa, ricotta cheese, and 1 cup cheese; stir until well combined. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
4. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro just before serving.
Note: For additional ethnic flavor, the Mr. Food Test Kitchen suggests that you might want to add a drained can of green chilies, jalapeño peppers, or black olives when you combine all of the ingredients.
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