Baked ziti

This recipe has become one of our family's favorites. Elijah, with his three-year-old, constantly changing palette (and mood), loves it one month and not the next. Those of us in the house whose palettes (and moods) are a little more stable love it consistently!

Cook a 16-oz. package of ziti pasta in boiling water until al dente.

Meanwhile, chop up one onion.

Why is there a pair of sunglasses in my onion photo, you ask? Because it helps to lessen the amount of inevitable tears that fall from my overly sensitive eyes along with every onion-chopping session. Another little trick I learned is to put the onion in the freezer fifteen minutes before I chop.

In a large skillet, add the chopped onion to:

1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey)

3 cloves of garlic

A couple dustings of salt & pepper

Once the ground beef has been browned, add:

2 26-oz. jars spaghetti sauce

(I will spare your eyes my sauce photos because they turned out horribly.)

Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and spray cooking spray on a 9x13 inch baking dish. In the baking dish, layer the ingredients as follows (listed from bottom of dish to top of dish):

Half of the cooked ziti

6 slices provolone cheese

12 oz. sour cream

Half of the sauce mixture

Remaining cooked ziti

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Remaining sauce mixture

Top with a generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese

As I was taking the above photo, Elijah dipped his finger right in! Help yourself, Sweetie! (Can you see where I tried to cover it up?)

Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Prepare your tastebuds for cheesy, saucy yumminess!