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No Boil Pasta Bake

on February 6, 2014

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Takes some time to bake, but super easy to throw together!

Takes some time to bake, but super easy to throw together!

My kid cook enjoyed and episode of Wild Kratts while it baked.

My kid cook enjoyed an episode of Wild Kratts while it baked.

And my kid cook in training sang me songs on Elmo's microphone while we waited.

And my kid cook in training sang me songs on Elmo’s microphone!

The recipe makes enough for dinner (2 adults and one kid cook), plus left overs for lunch, plus a little more!  Good thing cause my hubs likes it so much, he’s taking left overs to work despite the fact that he has a packed lunch already there.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 24 ounce jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Newman’s Own Marinara tonight.)
  • 1 ½ c water
  • 15 ounce container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 c mozzarella, divided
  • ¼ c parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces UNcooked pasta of choice (I used rigatoni tonight.)

Instructions:

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage.  (You could do this ahead of time if you want.)
  2. Preheat oven to 400° and spray a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except 1 c of mozzarella, and pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  4. Cover and bake for about an hour.
  5. Uncover, top with remaining 1 c mozzarella and bake another 5 minutes or so until the cheese on top is melted and starting to brown.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix away!
  • Let him feel the pasta before adding it to the mixture.  Ask him what it feels like.  Ask him what he thinks it will feel like after it is cooked… Just don’t blame me if he dunks his hand in a bowl full of this dish at the dinner table to feel the texture! 🙂

This recipe is modified slightly from: Plain Chicken

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