Monday, July 5, 2010

Baked Pasta with Meatballs.

As much as I love brats, burgers, and steaks on the grill. As much as summer means potato salad and baked beans. I was hungry for some comfort food. Something that would made my oven work. Something that would go well with the spinach strawberry salad that I had ready to go.

I headed over to For the Love of Cooking knowing that I would find something wonderful. After bookmarking several recipes I decided to go with a baked ziti of sorts.

Baked Pasta with Meatballs

2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons dried onion
3 medium sized mushrooms (thinly sliced)
4 teaspoons dried garlic
1 quart crushed tomatoes
1 quart tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
(This is my standard from my canned tomatoes - you could also use 1-28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 1-15 oz. can of tomato sauce)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a slow cooker. Add the mushrooms and saute until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to cook on low for 3-4 hours.

1 pound ground beef
3 medium mushrooms (diced into small pieces)
2 tablespoons dried onion
1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried garlic
1 egg
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
salt & pepper to taste

Combine ingredients and mix well. Form into small meatballs. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet and add to the tomato sauce.

1-box favorite pasta
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh basil (chopped)

Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Combine pasta with sauce. Add half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Pour pasta mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with remaining cheeses and chopped basil.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

This recipe did not disappoint! It's a nice variation on spaghetti and meatballs or traditional baked ziti. The meatballs are delicious and smell so good when cooking. And who doesn't love melted cheese!!

1 comment:

Barb said...

ooohhhh this looks good, samples would be great and deeply appreciated!