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Monday, September 19, 2011

Mommy Meal Monday: Easy Cheesy Bake

Posted by Lily Kay at 10:40 PM
Yesterday night I needed to cook something up quick so I raided the pantry for odds and end ingredients. I came up with a easy pasta dish that I baked in the oven. In fact I whipped it up together so fast I didn't even think about documenting it properly for the blog! I thought about it as I was pouring it into the pan to go into the ove, so sorry about the lack of pictures. If you want to try it out here is what you need.

  • 16 ounces pasta. Any type will do, I used bowtie.
  • About 3 cups of pasta sauce. I used Prego Traditional. You can add more or less depending on how saucy you like it.
  • 3 cups of shredded cheese. I used a 4 blend mexican shred.
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Paprika ( optional)
  • Preheat your oven to 400
After cooking pasta on stovetop ( take it off right before it gets soft) mix it with the ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the shredded cheese, pasta sauce, salt and pepper.  Mix until totally blended up and pour into your 13 x 9 baking dish. Then pour the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese over the top and spread it evenly. This will become crispy while baking so that the top of your pasta dish has a nice cheesy crunch.
Then just for kicks I sprinkled paprika all over the top of the dish. Then pop it into your preheated oven. After about 20-25 minutes, it will be nice and hot with a bubbly baked top. Its kind of like a lasagne casserole...thats what comes to mind when I ate it.
Yummy and quick, I promise!

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