Baked Ziti

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

Ingredients:
•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

Directions:
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.

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