Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meat. Cheese. Carbs.

I know I'm always talking about what a picky eater Billy is, but thats only because...well...he's a very picky eater. Meat, cheese, carbs, very few vegetables...that kinda stuff. So since my ingredient choices are somewhat limited, I like to try and find new ways to combine old flavors. Like boring old spaghetti and meat sauce. Or Lasagna. Instead, I made this:

Cheesy Meaty Baked Penne
recipe adapted from Cook Like a Champion

8 oz Penne Rigate or similar sized pasta
1 Tbs Oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb Ground Chuck
1 tsp (heaping) Italian Seasoning
1 large can Tomato Sauce (28oz I think)
1 egg
1 cup Ricotta
3/4 cup Grated Parmesan
1 cup shredded Colby Jack (or any cheese you like)

Preheat the oven to 450. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside. While the pasta is boiling mix the egg, ricotta, 1/2 cup of parmesan and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in a bowl. Season this mixture with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat, add the garlic and stir around for a minute. Add the ground chuck and brown. Salt and pepper meat and add Italian Seasoning. When meat is cooked through, add tomato sauce and stir. Bring to a simmer and let it go for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add half of your meat sauce to the bottom on a 9 inch square baking dish. Add the pasta on top of this in a fairly even layer. Spread the cheese mixture on top of the pasta, then layer on the rest of the meat sauce. Sprinkle the remainder of the parmesan and shredded cheese evenly over the top and bake for about 20 minutes, until melty and bubbly.

Serve it with some of these garlic knots and you've got a carb-o-licious supper!


  1. those garlic knots are insanely good, aren't they?

    erik's a pasta bake sort of guy, which isn't surprising. but he does balk at ground beef in pasta sauce which makes me want to stab him in the face. i've been wanting to make a pasta bake i saw somewhere on the interwebs that has tiny meatballs in it with rigatoni or some such. i think i will make it.

  2. Okay... that looks like it could be a Fulton Family favorite! I need the garlic knot recipe, please... Is it on here?

  3. those garlic knots are fabulous! i dont think billy likes them as much as i do, though. they are like the only roll i ever want to make now. i like the mini meatball idea..

    katie, i think there's a link.. let me know if it doesn't work :)

  4. I need a little more specificity. There are a lot of links on here. :)