Recipe Time: Pasta

This recipe is marrying a few of my favorite things… the super cheesy pasta bake that is my go-to for company, the way I like to make spaghetti, and a little bit of creativity. For this pasta, you need a few simple ingredients. This fed about 7 people (but consider that I was feeding hungry men).

Ingredients
1 Jar of Red Pasta Sauce
1 jar of Alfredo Sauce
1 Bell Pepper (I used green)
1/2 Onion (I used yellow)
1 Box of Pasta (I used garden rotini, but I can see this working with any pasta you wish)
1 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
6-8 Meatballs (I used Turkey meatballs)
Additional cheese to sprinkle on top

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1. Set your pasta water on the stove, and cut up your onion and pepper while you wait for that pot to boil. Saute those onions and peppers in a little bit of olive oil, and prepare your pasta according to the directions.

2. Drain your pasta. In the pot you just used for the pasta, combine both cans of sauce, the Parmesan cheese, and the sauteed veggies (I threw some garlic in). If you want to add additional spices, do so now. I meant to… but I forgot… and it was still delicious. I would have added some Italian seasoning… had I remembered either time.

3. Dump that delicious mixture into a 9×13 pan.

4. Cut up your meatballs (I cut each meatball into 4 pieces so that they were bite size). Scatter those pieces across the pasta, and press into the pasta slightly if you wish (I didn’t want certain people to see all the meatballs and pick them out… confession!!!).

5. Take whatever shredded cheese you have on hand and sprinkle over the top.

6. Cover with foil and stick in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes, OR stick in the fridge. Whenever you want to heat it up, take it out of the fridge while you pre-heat the oven (it helps the middle not to be so cold) to 350, and stick it in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

7. Serve it up! We had it with garlic bread and salad, and the result was smiling faces. 🙂

The first pan went pretty fast, so I actually made another! It is super quick to throw together, especially in advance. I assembled it over the weekend, and stuck it in the oven when I got home from work.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I don’t have much planned, so hopefully it will be restful. I’m dreaming of a margarita on the back porch, simple meals, and sunshine. Isn’t that what weekends are made of?

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Better with Buttercream

Wednesday night I straightened up the house, baked 3 loaves of Pumpkin bread, enjoyed a delicious dinner of chicken alfredo lasagna and garlic bread, and watched Alias. (We have one season left!!!) I feel like everyone needs this recipe… so click on the picture below!

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Click on picture to see recipe!

The sudden change in weather has left my body confused and I am fighting a cold. Or maybe the cold has won, and I am finally admitting I’m sick. Not sure. I am sure that I feel like being home- not sitting at my desk, surrounded my people, answering the phones and doing work.

This week is preview week at the school, and the housing department usually asks people in our building if we’ll do an open-house, so people can view an apartment (our building is usually full). It knocks $20 off our rent for the month, and I get a clean house. 🙂 Win-win situation! We did that last night, and then made some icing for the pumpkin bread. Yes, the bread is good without it… but it is heavenly with a pumpkin buttercream icing! Amongst all that craziness, I packed for the weekend! We’re headed to Virginia Beach to spend the weekend with Josh’s family. After 3 years, I am FINALLY going to a show my sister-in-law is in.

In other news, SEBTS is having a craft and bake sale in November, and I think I am going to be a vendor. Do I have anything for it yet? Not really. Do I feel confident? Not in the slightest. I don’t even feel like people would pay for the things I make… but I’m going to give it a whirl. At the very least, I’ll have fun making things. (And I will be doubting myself about 26,485,611 times a day.)

Not much to say today. The email for the entire company was down yesterday and there’s a LOT going on today (well, for everyone but me… I caught up on all 5 emails. Whoopie!). Here’s hoping for a weekend of rest.

 

Dear Josh,

Thanks for all the help you are at home. I don’t know what I would do if you weren’t willing to sweep the floors, wash the dishes, and do the laundry while I’m at work or sleeping. (And I am really really glad you like to hang out with me while I’m baking.)

I’m also really glad you’re driving tonight because I’m beat.


Love, Mrs. Cornelissen