Baked Ziti and Meatball

Baked Ziti and Meatball
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  1. 1 (16 ounce) package paccheri pasta
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  6. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1⁄4 teaspoon . fresh coarse ground black pepper
  8. 12 lean meatballs, thawed and sliced
  9. 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. In saucepot, prepare pasta as label directs in boiling salted water, drain. Return pasta to saucepot.
  2. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat tomato sauce, covered, until hot over medium-low heat. (If tomato sauce is frozen, add 2 tablespoons water to saucepan to prevent sorching). Add 3 cups sauce to pasta in saucepot, toss well. Reserve remaining 1 cup sauce.
  3. In medium bowl, stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Into 3 1/2- to 4-quart shallow casserole or 13-inch by 9-inch glass baking dish, spoon half the pasta mixture, top with all the sliced meatballs. Drop ricotta-cheese mixture by spoonfuls evenly over meatball layer. Spoon remaining pasta mixture over ricotta-cheese layer, then spoon remaining 1 cup sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake, uncovered, 60 minutes or until very hot and cheese browns slightly.