Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Baked Ziti (or Rotini)

Until I started this blog, I did not realize how much lasagna, noodles and spaghetti sauce we eat in our house. I guess we are carb loving, Italian food eating, tomato adoring people. I hope that is ok with you.

We decided to make this dish after reading the ingredients and realizing that we had everything already on hand, but without reading the directions. It was not until we were already moving in the kitchen that I realized that this dish was essentially lasagna with different noodles. Yeah. But since we love lasagna, this was not a problem for us. If you like lasagna, you will probably like this easier version as well. Enjoy!

  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 12-16 oz cooked ziti (or rotini)
  • 1 1/2 C sour cream*
  • 1 - 2 C shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
*We used about 1/2 C sour cream, and then used 1 C drained yogurt as a substitute. Yogurt is a good low calorie alternative for sour cream.

~Brown bison in skillet with onion.
~Add the spaghetti sauce to skillet. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
~Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
~Layer half the rotini, cheese, sour cream, half the ground bison mixture, the remaining rotini, cheese, and remaining bison mixture in the pan.
~Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
~Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes at 350 to melt the cheese and blend the flavors.

MmmMmm, raw meat! How delicious.


DomesticDivasFancy said...

You have found my weakness, PASTA! What does ground bison taste like...Is it the same as ground beef.

Taryn said...

Diva: Bison is very much like beef. To be honest, I can't tell the difference. Bison is very lean though- so in is best in dishes like this- mixed in with other stuff. In my opinion, Bison doesn't make a great burger. too dry.

Emily said...

I've made something similar to this before... yours looks very YUMMY!!!

Mrs. Hibit said...

I love Bison. I never think to cook with it at home, though! Do you get it at your regular grocery store?

Colleen said...

This looks delicious! Nice and easy too!

Taryn said...

Mrs. Hibit: We do buy it at the grocery store. Maybe it is a Colorado thing. Bison is everywhere here. It is usually near the "natural" meats- but sometimes not. I would be interested to know if you can buy it in other states.

♥Mrs. V said...

Yummo! That looks delicious!

USCEmily said...

That sounds delicious! I'll have to try it! (with hamburger instead of bison since that is not available in SC for some reason- haha)