Archive for October 11th, 2009

My Special Baked Rotini

I LOVE pasta!  C isn’t as enthusiastic as I am about it, so I usually fix it for my family.  I was off from work on Thursday and, unusually, did not have a thousand things to do, so I made lunch for them.

This recipe is one of my favorites.  It is easy and delicious comfort food.  You can adjust any of the ingredients you like because I rarely measure anything when I make this!

16 oz. box of rotini pasta (I also use spaghetti and angel hair.)

26 oz. jar tomato basil pasta sauce (use any kind you like)

1 lb. ground beef

2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


Fill your largest pot with water and bring to a boil.  Dump in pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes.

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Brown the ground beef and drain off the fat.


Preheat the oven to 375 while these are cooking.  Spray a 13×9” baking dish with non-stick spray.  Drain the pasta and put back into the pot.  I do this so I don’t mess up another bowl.


Add the cooked beef, sauce and 1 1/2 cups of cheese and stir to combine.


You can warm this and eat it just like it is, but I like it baked.  Pour the entire amount into the sprayed baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the whole thing is hot.  Yummy!

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