Baked Ziti

This was another ground beef recipe found on We haven't had pasta in quite awhile so this hit the spot. I especially loved the cheese on top!

•1 pound lean ground beef (I used 1/2 lb.)
•1/2 cup chopped onion
•1 green bell pepper, chopped, about 1/2 cup
•1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
•1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce (I used plain spaghetti sauce)
•1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled
•1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
•1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or small clove garlic, minced
•1 1/2 teaspoons salt
•1/4 teaspoon pepper
•8 ounces ziti or elbow macaroni, cooked and drained (I used gluten free penne)
•2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Sauté ground beef, onion, and green bell pepper in a large skillet until onion is tender and beef is lightly browned.
Drain off excess fat; add tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Stir well; stir in ziti or elbow macaroni and 1 cup of the cheese; transfer to a 2 1/2-quart casserole.
Top with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.