This is a great recipe as written, or for tweaking it to your liking. I have used ground beef, turkey italian sausage, or half/half, and its great all three ways (though my family prefers it with turkey sausage). I have made it with whole wheat pasta and white, and it's great both ways (though my family prefers it with whole wheat). I often make the full recipe then divide it into two 8x8 casseroles and take one to a friend who is sick, just had a baby, or just needs dinner! An 8x8 is more than enough to feed a family of four with leftovers. The quality of the sauce you use really makes a difference here; I love to use my homemade marinara, but if I don't have it on hand I like Newman's Own or Emeril's (especially mixed together; try one jar of NO Fire-roasted sauce with one jar of Emeril's Marinara!) Tonight I am adding a layer of chopped spinach... I just thawed a 10oz package and placed it in the middle, between layers of ziti. It doesn't need to bake covered if you use enough sauce, and you can layer it just like it states in the recipe. You'll make it again and again!
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This is a great recipe as written, or for tweaking it to your liking. I have used ground...