Tuesday, September 18, 2012

3 Cheese Tomato Pasta Bake Recipe

This is one of those dishes created out of desperation for something a little different. It was the day before pay day when the food is practically gone and spaghetti was for dinner. Except we didn't want spaghetti. Spaghetti sounded completely boring and NOT tasty. We are trying to avoid eating out since times are a little rough so I decided to get creative. This was created and it was absolutely delicious. Simple, easy and both my husband and my son scarfed it down in record time. In fact, I had barely started eating when Little Man was ready for seconds! Its now on our rotation and will replace the often unappealing spaghetti.  I particularly enjoy that it is versatile and easy. Throw in some mushrooms, broccoli, green peppers... Anything you want to make it just how your family likes it and to accommodate what you have in your pantry. Hope you like it!

3 Cheese Tomato Pasta Bake

1 lb Ground Turkey or Beef
1 tbs Garlic Powder
1 16 oz can Tomatoes
3 Garlic Cloves
1 tsp Thyme, dried
1 tsp Oregano, dried
1 tsp Sugar
2 oz Cream CheeseC
1/ 2 c Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or whatever you have on hand)
1 c Shredded Colby Cheese (or again, whatever is on hand)
1 bx Penne Pasta (or Rotini or Elbow or Shells...)
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350.
In a skillet start cooking your meat and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once cooked, drain grease if necessary. In a blender poor in your tomato and garlic, blend until smooth. Poor right into your meat. Bring it to a simmer and add seasonings and sugar. Add cream cheese, it blends better if you drop it in little chunks. Once cream cheese is melted, stir in 1/2 cup of  shredded cheese. Allow to simmer while you cook the noodles until al dente.

Once noodles are ready, drain them and poor into a casserole dish. Poor meat sauce over noodles and mix them gently until all noodles are coated. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Pull out of the oven and sprinkle with cheese and place back in oven until cheese is melted. About 5 minutes.

Serve this with salad and garlic bread. YUM! 

Written by Happily Domestic Contributor: Brittney Thompson

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1 comment:

Lori said...

yum. I'm so going to try this. Looks much better here then the text you sent me. You're such a good cook....almost as good as your mom!

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