…from the Perspectives Kitchen
How you doin’? With prices on all food stuffs sky-rocketing, here is a comforting baked pasta that won’t break the bank. You can use whatever style and shape pasta you have in your pantry from lasagna noodles to shells or spaghetti. This recipe uses 1 pound of ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, or Italian sausage) and plenty of melted cheese. This can be the perfect take along dish for potluck meals, family gatherings, or a weeknight dinner.
This recipe was a favorite on the national school lunch program served every Tuesday at my grade school. I loved it so much I asked my mother to talk with Mrs. Brady, the cafeteria lady, to get the recipe. The finished baked casserole can be frozen for up to 3 months and zapped in the microwave for quick serving.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 50 to 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
1 (16 ounce) package pasta (shape of your choice)
1 pound ground meat (your choice)
1 onion, chopped
1 (32 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (I prefer Lawry’s)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons butter, melted (or olive oil)
2 cups ricotta cheese, divided (or cottage cheese)
5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
ChefSecret: I like to use a 50/50 mixture of Italian sausage and ground beef.
Quip of the Day: How did the police solve the case of the stolen marinara sauce? They caught the thief red handed.
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