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My hubby has one favorite meal that he loves to make and that’s Baked Ziti. So when I asked him if he would show me how so that I could make it for him for Father’s Day, he reluctantly kindly agreed. However, I must admit that his version turned out to be much better than mine and it definitely was a lot less messy!
After work I stopped at Walmart to pick up the following ingredients but had to make a second trip because I had forgotten the shredded cheese. This should have been the first indication that I wasn’t ready to take over his recipe.
1 Box Penne Pasta or Ziti Noodles – cooked according to package directions
2 Jars of Marinara Sauce
3 lbs Ground Turkey (chicken or beef) – browned
Shredded Cheese (3 cheese mixture)
However, while there I also picked up a 2-pack of Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths which definitely came in handy as you can see why!
These Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths are textured fiber dish cloths featuring two sides with scrubbing dots on one side so you don’t need to use a scrub brush.
Once home, I tried to keep hubby out of the kitchen while I prepared the Ziti but he couldn’t help from popping in and out checking to ensure that I was following his directions.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Boil water and cook pasta according to box directions, drain but do not rinse noodles
Brown ground turkey in skillet with a little olive oil for approximately 25 minutes
Drain Ground Turkey then put a layer of noodles at the bottom of the pan, top with Marinara Sauce, ground turkey and cheese, stir to mix all ingredients. Repeat with a second layer and top with a more cheese.
Hubby said it’s the cheese that makes the Ziti thick and tasty but there is no need to measure it, just add what you want!
The pasta and ground turkey was already cooked so I put the pan in the pre-heated oven just long enough to warm and melt the cheese which was about 30 minutes.
Obviously, if using a glass pan you should coat with cooking spray otherwise, you will have a baked on mess which is exactly what I had.
I poured 1/2 cup of pure baking soda into the pan and then added 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The foaming action began to dissolve some of the baked on mess and the scrubbing cloth took care of the rest.
I let the pan soak with the baking soda and vinegar so by the time I had finished eating simply using the non-scratch side of the scrubbing dish cloth had this pan sparkling again.
I was ecstatic because the last thing I wanted to do was spend the next hour scrubbing the pan while hubby sat on the sofa watching the game!
Needless to say, I will leave the Baked Ziti recipe to hubby so the next time he will have the pleasure of using a Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth to clean up the baked on mess.
These new Scotch-Brite dish cloths are available at Walmart in 2 packs in tan, coral, and navy for $4.98 and there is a $1 off instant redeemable coupon available on the product.
The Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth combines the best of a high quality dish cloth with the power of Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots so it definitely made for a quicker and easier clean so I was able to join hubby on the sofa before the game ended!
Nest weekend I will try another recipe and if you too are looking to try something new, check out these great recipes and cleaning tutorials here .