Monday, August 29, 2011

Baked Pasta w/meat sauce

Baked Pasta with meat sauce

Ziti / rigatoni/mostaccioli
Meat sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese
Non-stick spray

Oven method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta per package directions. After draining pasta add pasta to meat sauce and stir. Spray 13 x 9 x 2 w/non-stick spray. Add ½ of pasta mixture to baking dish sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese sprinkle on top. Add rest of pasta mixture and top with the remaining cheeses. Bake for 15-20 minutes if pasta mixture is hot. And if it is cold cook for 45 min. – 60 min.

Crock pot method:
Cook meat sauce either on the stove or in crock pot, and then cook pasta per package directions, drain pasta and mix with meat sauce. Spray crock pot with non stick spray. Add ½ of pasta mixture to crock pot then ½ of cheeses then top with remaining pasta mixture then rest of cheese. Cover with crock pot lid make, sure that there is room for pasta to expand in crock pot if you don’t the lid might be either lifted from the top of crock pot or come off altogether. This cooks for approx. 3 ½ - 4 hrs any more and it becomes to dry to eat in my opinion.

Makes 13 x 9 x 2 pan or approx. 5 qt crock pot

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