So the culinary adventure begins...Wish I had a picture from last weeks creation!
PASTA BAKE - some might call it Baked Ziti - I'm calling it a success
Cast of Ingredients (these are mostly approximates):
250 g Rigatoni, Penne or any short noodle (approx. 8 oz)
1 1/4 c. ricotta
1 large egg
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning (or Italian herbs of your choice)
Salt & Pepper (if desired)
3/4 c finely grated Parmesan
1 c shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese
3 c favorite tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 c mushrooms, chopped
-any vegetables that you might want to add...spinach, onion, meat substitutes, meat, etc.
Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce to the bottom of casserole dish (11x7 or similar size) this will keep bake from sticking to the pan.
Saute mushrooms & garlic and any additional raw vegetables/meats to be added to sauce. After cooking, remove from heat and add the remaining tomato sauce.
Cook noodles according to recommended instructions - al dente. Drain and set aside. I like to add salt to the boiling water.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl mix together ricotta, egg, Italian herb seasoning, 1/4 c of Parmesan, 1/2 c mozzarella cheese, and salt & pepper if desired.
Add noodles to the sauce lined casserole dish. Then add the ricotta mixture. Top with tomato sauce creation. Finally, evenly spread the remaining Parmesan and mozzarella. I like to twist the pepper over the top for a final touch. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Delicious with a refreshing Cesar Salad. Perfect on a cold winter night.