Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weeknight Pasta

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about Quick and Easy dinners since I'm pretty much on my own half of the month. With a husband who travels for business A LOT, I need quick and easy meals that don't create a lot of dishes and can easily be reheated once JB goes to bed. 
 
On Friday night, my husband asked for meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. After giggling inside because I knew I wouldn't have the energy to make all of that, I decided to whip together a quick and easy pasta dish. We normally always have a backup jar of pasta sauce and a box of pasta in the pantry, so it was readily available! 
 
I cooked the pasta, drained it (leaving the smallest amount of water left in the pan), and then threw in a jar of tomato sauce, a can of tomato paste, and a can of petite diced tomatoes (no salt-added of course). I tossed it all up. Normally I would have diced up some onions too, but JB was getting restless in her highchair watching you sing-along songs on my iPhone. You do what you gotta do when you have a little one right there with your. But in all fairness, I loved cooking with her in the kitchen! :) She was amused for a few moments and it was cute to see her watch me cook!
 
The pasta was ready to eat, but I kinda wanted a pasta bake, so I sprayed a 9x13 glass pan with cooking spray, poured in the saucy noodles, and then covered with a nice thick layer of mozzarella cheese. And as I'm typing this, I should have thrown in some of that pesto too from a few weeks back! Man... maybe next time! 
 
I tossed the pan in the oven (uncovered) at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. We took it out once JB was sound asleep and then enjoyed a tasty pasta dinner that was easy-peasy! 
 
 Don't mind my leg in the picture.
Clearly you can tell I wasn't eating
 at the kitchen table!
 
 Weeknight Pasta Bake
1 box of pasta (I used penne tonight)
1 jar of tomato sauce (didn't have any homemade left in the freezer)
1 can tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
mozzarella cheese
 
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
1. Boil water, cook pasta, drain.
2. Add jar of tomato sauce, can of tomato paste, and can of diced tomatoes. Stir! 
3. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. 
4. Pour saucy noodles in pan and then cover with mozzarella cheese.
5. Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
**Let this cool for a few minutes before you cut - it's really, really hot!**

Enjoy!
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9 comments

  1. Now that sounds like a recipe that even I could try as my children will tell you that I am not the most inspiration cook.

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  2. Recipe is so simple but oh my, I am sure it's delicious. Pasta anything is delicious, but I never really "bake" it. I'll def give this a try!

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  3. I enjoy making my own pasta as well, I've just printed this and put it in my recipe book. Thanks! It's funny cause my husbands favorite meal is meatloaf and mashed potatoes but I rarely make it because 1) it takes a while 2) I'm not that motivated at the end of the day to make it lol

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  4. Great recipe! Nice and simple. Will try!

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  5. Oooo this sounds delicious!!! Hubby and I have complete opposite taste when it comes to foods so meals are always a pain to plan. We do nth like pasta though so I may have to give this a tryyummy:)

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  6. The busier I get, the more I appreciate EASY, healthy, tasty meals. Thanks for the new spin on an old go-to!

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