May 032011

My most favorite food is any kind of pasta.  Strangly enough I crave pasta even if I am sick.  My favorite pasta is a copycat I came up with of  O’Charleys 12 Spice Pasta.  Although I say isn’t the pasta I am going to tell you about,  but I hope it brings you back here to see when it is!  Tonight I am showing you a very quick and simple mostaccioli  dish.  It has been asked of me to share some simple and quick dishes that are for the cook and non cooks alike.  Things that anyone can make in a hurry or not.  My son recreated this dish in his own way last night with variations on the noodles, sauce and cheese. (He sent me a picture by text and it looked so good!)

Although the dish is super easy I will share step by step with pictures. First cook 8 ounces of  mostaccioli noodles until al dente (will just cut, still a bit firm ).  Meanwhile cook a pound of ground chuck in the microwave  (I use my favorite pampered chef bowl with lid.)

Cook the meat for 4 minutes, drain, remove the lid and chop up the meat, I use a wooden spatula.  Replace the lid and microwave for 1 minute longer.  (The is the pampered chef bowl)  It is so good for so many microwave uses including vegetables but I wouldn’t live without it for hamburger.  An exra meal tip:  add sloppy joe fixins’ to ground chuck cooked in microwave for a super fast dinner.

Using a jar of your favorite pasta sauce, spread a small amount into a baking dish.  Add as much of the remaining sauce as you like to the meat and stir.  Return to microwave for 1 minute, covered.

Spread the drained noodles over the layer of sauce.  Cover the noodles with a layer of mozzarella cheese as much as you like.  Pour the meat sauce on top of the cheese.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Place in the oven @ 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cheese melt and sauce is bubbly.  Serve with garlic bread.

I hope you all enjoy this meal.  The recipe has been in our family for years and  started out with a homemade sauce that cooked in the slow cooker all day.  Although I do love homemade pasta sauce and make it different for each dish,  Prego will always be my choice in mostaccioli.

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