I am Italian and actually love ricotta cheese, but my family does not. So I was pretty excited to find a baked ziti recipe with an alternative to the ricotta component. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, except for the fact that I made a vegetarian version, subbing some zucchini and mushrooms for the meat. And I did follow the advice of others about putting the sauce layer on top of the penne before the cheeses.
The outcome? Well, I liked it, and thought it was a nice change from traditional baked ziti. It was very tasty and light. I don't think it is better than the old stand-by, but still very good. My teenage daughter loved it, and ate 3 helpings. My son wouldn't touch it, but he doesn't like tomato sauce, and my spouse thought the sour cream gave it a strange taste.
So there you have it. It's a mixed review, but largely positive, and I'm glad I tried it! Looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow...
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I am Italian and actually love ricotta cheese, but my family does not. So I was pretty...