Did you ever have Hamburger Helper as a child?
We did. From time to time I crave it - in fact, whenever we go camping it is one of our meals.
This recipe reminds me of that Hamburger helper of my childhood except it tastes better and isn't full of chemicals. It makes a quick and easy weeknight supper that we both loved The pasta cooks right in the skillet and goes straight from the cook top to the table in 30 minutes!
To make this one skillet wonder, you’ll just brown your ground beef in the skillet over medium heat. Once it has browned, drain away any drippings and then stir in your tomato sauce, water, Italian Seasoning Blend, and your cayenne pepper. You’ll bring this to a boil and then stir in your uncooked ziti, cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the ziti is tender, about 20 minutes. You may occasionally want to check in on your ziti to make sure that it is coming along nicely and give it a good stir every once in a while.
Skillet Beef Ziti
1 pound ground beef
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning Blend
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2½ cups ziti noodles
½ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley as garnish, optional
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Drain away grease.
Stir in tomato sauce, water, Italian Seasoning Blend, and cayenne pepper and bring to boil. Stir in the uncooked ziti noodles, cover, and reduce the heat to low setting. Simmer until the ziti is tender, about 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and remove the cover from the skillet. Stir in the sour cream and half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses and recover. Allow to rest until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.