Easy Baked Pasta

Hi friend, hope you’ve had a great Tuesday ā¤

I spent the day in class & working, then searching for honeymoon locations. So exciting! Any tips or suggestions on good places to go? šŸ™‚

I made a really great dinner tonight, an easy baked pasta dish

First, I made my own sauce out of a few simple ingredients

Image I’ve found that making my own sauce is 1. easy 2. cheap and 3. tastes really great- I like it better than any jarred brand.

For Easy Baked Pasta:

I simply combined:

  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 tomato paste cans of water, added after the paste
  • 1T sugar
  • 1/2 t minced garlic
  • 1/4 t salt & pepper
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1/2 t dried oregano

Combine all ingredients in a large, deep pan or pot. Allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes while water boils & pasta cooks.Preheat oven to 350*

Cook pasta of your choice according to package directions (I used 1/2 pound of whole wheat rotini). Drain pasta and mix in half a small container of cottage cheese (could also use ricotta but we prefer cottage; can add more or less depending on preference). Add in the desired amount of sauce. I used about 7 small ladle-fulls, probably 3 cups. The recipe makes a bunch so you will have extra sauce!

Mix everything to combine and pour in a greased baking dish. Top with cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350* Imageuntil everything is bubbly and golden.

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Serve with extra sauce on top and a little crushed red pepper for some kick šŸ™‚

The great thing about this is, well, everything. šŸ˜‰ Even though you’re making homemade sauce, the entire process takes under an hour. It can be made gluten-free, you can add meat, keep it meatless, make it vegan, add veggies- you name it, you can do it. I love baked pasta because it’s so flexible yet easy, delicious, and comforting. And, with the homemade sauce and whole wheat pasta, it’s good for you.

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You can also serve this with a nice side salad or another veggie of choice, unless of course you ate a giant, serving-bowl-sized salad for lunch like me! It looks radioactive in this picture, thanks to my stellar photo shop skills while trying to be artsy, but I assure you it wasn’t. It was enormous though so I think I got my 5 servings for the day. I need to put something next to this bowl for scale so you can see how big it is šŸ™‚Ā 

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I am ashamed to say I don’t think my run is happening tonight. I waited too long and now I’m completely exhausted! I’ll probably tack on a mile or two tomorrow to make up for it.

Does anyone else struggle with this: waiting until nighttime to exercise then being too tired to get your workout in? Any tips (other than going earlier/not being so darn lazy?!)

Have a great night everyone šŸ™‚

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