Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Pinned it, Made it: Two Timing Pasta Bake

Not the best lighting in my house to really get a picture of how delicious this looked and tasted.

I'm a little late getting this one up because we actually made it last Sunday.  Don't know why I'm just now blogging about it because I swear I've told everyone I've seen this week about this dish and how awesome it is!  I might have even told a complete stranger...I'm just saying, this thing is G-O-O-D!

This is another one from the awesome blog: Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour.  It went around pinterest a while ago and pretty much blew up in my feed.  I think every single person that I follow repinned it at one point.  (Do you guys feel like your pinterest feed is sometimes inbred?  You know you follow the same people who follow the same people so when one person pins something everyone repins it and suddenly you're seeing the same thing pinned in your feed about 50 times...no?  Just me?  Oh well.)  This recipe actually skipped the "foods to try board" and went straight onto the "Favorite Recipes" from the description alone and it was absolutely the right decision.  This was a HIT!  Sarah, who is a little finicky sometimes, asked for seconds...both days!  My husband, who thinks it a crime to have a meal without meat, told me multiple times both days that he really really liked this dish.  (Even just now when he saw what I was blogging about he said, "That was really good stuff!")

So here's the run down.  Of course you can follow the link to the real source: Two Timin' Pasta Bake or I'll just give you the 411 since it's so easy I've already memorized this bad boy.

* Boil one box of penne pasta while you preheat your oven to 350.
* In a bowl mix together (1) jar of marinara sauce and (1) jar of Alfredo sauce.
* Add to the sauce mixture 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese and mix together.
* After penne is done, drain it and toss it into the sauce mix, stir together and get it all nice and coated.  * Dump into a 9x13 pan, pop in oven for 20 minutes, pull out sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and put back in for 5 minutes.
* Devour!

I'm telling you it was that easy and to die for.  So quick, so simple.  Totally fits my 5 ingredient, 30 minute rule.

So the official score card:

The Pros:
* Quick, easy, cheap!
* See above.
* Very filling, makes a ton, left overs abounding in our house.  (I really think this made about 8 adult servings.)
* Great flavor!
* Would make a excellent freezer meal.  So if it's just 2 of you, bake half, dump the other half in a zip lock bag and freeze.
* EVERYONE in the family liked it!

The Cons:
None, seriously, I can't tell you one thing that was wrong with it.  Chris didn't even say he wished it had meat.

The Changes I Did Make/Would Make:
None, this thing is the picture of culinary perfection in my home.

Would I Make it Again:
Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  I'm already planning on taking it to the carbo-load party our running group is having before my first Half Marathon in a couple of weeks and so help me the next time we feed the missionaries or a meal calendar comes around at church this is what I am making/bringing.  I don't see anyone NOT liking this meal.  It's awesome!  Serve with some salad and garlic toast and it's better than going out to an Italian restaurant.

So far I would have to say, this is a definite keeper.  It's going on a note card and being added to the meal rotation.  I also think it's going to be a perfect week day meal cause I can prep it during nap time and then just pop it into the oven 30 minutes before daddy gets home and look like a domestic goddess.

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