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There is everything to love about this baked ziti, I think of it as an easier version of lasagne. A true family winner and comforting on all levels. Serve with a mixed Italian salad, a glass of Italian red wine and you’re almost transported – just for a second. Bliss.


1 onion
500g lean beef mince
300g Mushrooms
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp minced garlic
3 tins of chopped tomatoes
400g rigatoni pasta
250g ricotta cheese
Grated cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella for topping


Chop onion and fry for five minutes on a medium heat before adding the mince beef and cooking until brown and mixing throughout to ensure there is no big clumps of meat. Add minced garlic and herbs and cook for 2 minutes more before adding the tins of chopped tomatoes. Simmer on a medium heat.

Cook rigatoni according to packet instructions (usually around 11 minutes).

Once pasta is cooked you can assemble the ziti in a large dish. First pasta, then mince, then dollops of ricotta, more mince, pasta, ricotta finishing with generous amounts of grated cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan.

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