At least once a week, I like to have a meatless meal. I don’t eat red meat or pork, so having chicken five times a week gets pretty boring pretty quick.

One of the easiest meatless meals to make it baked ziti. You could also load it up with meat and serve it with a side of angioplasty. The choice is yours…

Here is a little-known fact: Taking pictures does not make the water boil faster.

Other than waiting, it’s very easy. In fact, it’s so easy that I wanted to double this for a second dinner. That plan worked so well last night. Speaking of planning: Apparently, there was none. I didn’t have enough ziti for two nights’ worth.

Cook the pasta until al dente; drain it. Combine the cooked pasta with whatever extras you want. Here are a few of my favorite things…

OK — in reality, NO ONE‘s favorite is fat-free cheese and/or bargain cheese. However, this is what I had and what I typically use. It makes me feel better about the amount of cheese used in this recipe, which I always reduce. Yes, having a block of cheese for dinner is yummy. However, having a block of cheese for dinner is a solitary/sweatpants experience… not something for the whole family.

Speaking of which: Um… where’s MINE?

Once you combine the cooked ziti, sauce, egg, cheeses and any other secret ingredient (think spices, onions, peppers, Skittles), pop it into the oven for about 20-30 minutes. This was the end result (salad, bread and drooling family, not pictured):