Monday, 23 July 2012

Easy Italian Pasta Bake

This is what I made for dinner tonight!  Got the recipe from Kraft Foods:

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-italian-pasta-bake-57633.aspx

BUT... I had to make a few changes since I couldn't make it to the grocery store.  This is actually a
"Cheeseburger Pasta Bake"
The reason why is because the original recipe calls for Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.  Well... I didn't have either.  What I did have was PLENTY of cheddar just like my household always does!  I knew either way that it would turn out tasting great!
Here's what my version looks like!
All plated up!
I paired it with creamed spinach.  YUM!!!
Right out of the oven.
Easy Italian Pasta Bake recipe
Original recipe image.  See the difference?

what you need


1 lb. lean ground beef
3 cups whole wheat penne pasta, cooked
1 jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

make it


HEAT oven to 375°F.

BROWN meat in large skillet; drain. Add pasta, sauce and half the 
Parmesan; mix well.

SPOON into 13x9-inch baking dish; top with remaining cheeses.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

kraft kitchens tips

VARIATION
Substitute 2 cups BOCA Ground Crumbles for the ground beef.
There's no need to brown or thaw the crumbles in skillet.
Simply combine with the pasta, sauce and Parmesan, spoon into
baking dish and bake as directed.
SUBSTITUTE
Substitute 1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen LOUIS RICH Pure Ground Turkey,
thawed, or 1 lb. Italian sausage for the ground beef.
SPECIAL EXTRA
Brown meat with 1 tsp. Italian seasoning and 3 minced garlic cloves.

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