Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Eat In. Easy Casserole.

Often in the summer months, the stovetop and oven can be forgotten about as means to make a good meal. Obviously no one wants to spend any more time around such a heat producer than necessary when the thermometer is rising, but a few simple steps can create a delicious hearty dinner that will last for days. Fusilli, lean ground beef, marinara sauce, and cheddar cheese are the three main ingredients.

You can find organic fusilli at Trader Joe's, I recommend a higher end market for the ground beef (such as Gelson's), and the grated cheddar, you can buy pre-grated or make yourself. Marinara sauce is easy, a big brand name like Classico won't let you down, or go with the Trader Joe's brand for convenience when you're buying the pasta.

Cook pasta (a little over 2 cups) according to instructions on bag - about ten minutes.

Put ground beef into a large pan until brown/cooked through. Drain excess fat. Pour in marinara sauce (1.5 cups) and stir together.

Mix meat sauce with cooked pasta, and make one layer on the bottom of a large Pyrex dish. op with grated cheddar. Repeat until dish is full.

Bake in oven for about 20 minutes at 325°F.


Will last in fridge for about two days - typically four dinner size servings, but as portion sizes are rough, it could serve six if you had last minute guests.

-- Leslie Anne Wiggins

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