Friday, September 28, 2007

Baked Pasta

1 pound ground beef
1 to 2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 to 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. basil
1 - 16 oz. pkg. Penne pasta
1 - 26.5 oz. jar prepared spaghetti sauce
6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
6 oz. sliced provolone cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
Grated parmesan cheese

Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
in a large skillet on medium low heat and sauté the onions and garlic. Keep heat low enough to not brown garlic- cook till onions are translucent. Brown ground beef in onions and garlic. Add salt, pepper, spaghetti sauce, basil and oregano. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions for al dente (want pasta to have a “bite” to it as you are baking it later and do not want it over cooked when you serve it). Drain.

In a buttered 9x13 baking dish layer 1/2 of the pasta, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 spaghetti meat sauce, remaining 1/2 of the pasta, mozzarella cheese and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top to cover dish.

This can be assembled ahead of time. If assembled the day before set out on counter 10 -15 minutes before baking.

Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.

Serves 8 - 10 very heartily; great for a crowd or split in half serve one tonight and freeze other half for later. Serve with salad and bread.

Image from penzeyzone.com

1 comment:

care-in said...

This is an awesome make ahead!