Baked Zitti - from the kitchen of Theresa Thompson

There are times when we need a quick easy dinner to put on the table. That is what prompted this dish.

6 oz. Zitti pasta (you can use rigatoni or elbow mac)
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 lb. Highland hamburger
Italian seasoning

Brown the hamburger while cooking the pasta.

Once the meat is done season with spices to taste. I like to use a blend of oregano, thyme, garlic, parsley, and fennel seeds.

Drain the pasta and put back into the pot. Stir in the meat mixture and tomatoes. You can make it creamier by adding a small container of ricotta cheese.

Pour into a greased baking dish and pop in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

If you don't feel like using tomatoes, make a bechamel sauce or use a jar of Alfredo sauce.

Sprinkle some grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top.

Paired with a salad and garlic bread you have a quick easy meal.