I have great, easy ziti that I make. It's my friend's recipe and I'd like to add ground beef to it to please the crowd I'm serving. Rather than go with a different recipe, I'd like to try to work with this recipe because I love the sauce so much. It might seem funny because the sauce seems so simple. I'm posting it below. My thought is to nix the ricotta and egg mixture and add 1LB ground beef to the sauce, (my crowd doesn't love ricotta), but is that enough liquid? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Jen's Really Good Ziti
1 lg can crushed tomatoes
garlic (I use about 2-3 TB chopped)
Olive oil - enough to cover the bottom of the saucepan
Italian spices - to taste - usual suspects oregano, basil, few red pepper flakes
1/4 c pinot grigio
1 T sugar
1 box ziti noodles
15 oz ricotta
2 c shredded mozzarella
1/4 c parmesan
1/4 c milk
Cook noodles 6 min - keep undercooked a little. In large sauce pan, cook garlic in olive oil 2 min. Add wine and cook for about 5 min. Add sugar, crushed tomatoes, seasonings and salt. Cover sauce and let simmer until noodles are finished.
Combine ricotta, egg, 1 c mozzarella, parm, and milk in a bowl. Add this mixture to the ziti and 1/2 of the red sauce. Pour into a 9x13 . Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 45 min.