Thursday, January 12

Three Cheese Pasta Bake


Is there anything better than homemade macaroni and cheese? It has to be the ultimate cold weather, go-to comfort food. It provides us with a sense of nostalgia and self-satisfaction. Comfort food is not designed to be especially healthy or politically correct, if a food CAN be politically correct, but it supplies us with a welcomed vacation from the stresses of the outside world. A mental vacation that takes us to a place where we can remember our love of food and growing up.  Comfort foods are essential for anyone wanting a "little taste of home". This delicious mac-n-cheese dish is my version of the traditional tried and true recipe. It is easy to prepare and perfect for a weeknight family dinner.

THREE CHEESE PASTA BAKE
This is NOT yo mama's macaroni and cheese!
SERVES 8 - 10 as a side
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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 (16-ounce) package ziti or rigatoni
  • 2 (10-ounce) containers refrigerated Alfredo sauce, I use Buitoni
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream 
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
     WHAT TO DO
  • Prepare ziti according to package directions; drain and return to pot.
  • Stir together Alfredo sauce and sour cream; toss with ziti until evenly coated. Spoon half of mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  • Stir together ricotta cheese and next 3 ingredients; spread evenly over pasta mixture in baking dish. Spoon remaining pasta mixture evenly over ricotta cheese layer; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Wonderful paired with grilled chicken and a green salad! ENJOY!!
*I used Buitoni alfredo sauce.


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