Crazy and Crazed

 

baked ziti

I generally try to plan for and cook 4 meals a week, many weeks it happens this week it did not! Our week is unusually filled with extra activities, we have ice cream socials, book fairs, bingo night and haircuts on top of the normal dance and basketball. All while attempting to get organized for an upcoming trip and trying to keep the latest and greatest strain of norovirus out of our house. If I were an emoji I would be a messy bun wearing, non showered crazed maniac holding an industrial sized can of Lysol! So this week 2 meals are getting made. Leftovers and maybe some cereal will fill in the rest.

I stumbled upon this baked ziti a couple of years ago on allrecipes.com. It is a bit different from the traditional and more of a layered pasta dish. It is made up of pasta, a meat sauce provolone cheese, sour cream (which may seem strange but I promise it works) mozzarella and parmesan on top. I randomly had everything I needed for this.

This recipe makes a ton and was just way too much for us. After the first time I made it I cut the recipe in 1/2 and use a square pan. We usually have a bit leftover, but not so much that I feel wasteful. One other note, this week I had rotini pasta in the cabinet and it worked just fine. Use what you have. The most important thing is to cook the pasta to al dente so it doesn’t turn to mush while baking.

Here’s the recipe for the halved version (adapted from allrecipes.com) to get the full recipe click here.

  • 1/2 lb dry pasta
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 slices (roughly 3 oz.) provolone cheese
  • 3 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 TB grated parmesan

Bring a  pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a square baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

One Skillet Chicken With Bacon and Green Beans

skillet chicken and bacon

This One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans from Skinnytaste is other meal I made this week.  This dish cooks all in one pan and who doesn’t love that!! The recipe calls for white wine or broth, while the wine is much more fun, some for the chicken, some for me, it tastes just as good using the broth.  Also, my kids fight over the crispy bacon bits, so while the recipe calls for 4 slices if your family is anything like mine I would up the bacon.  More bacon= More yum!!!

So, hope your week wasn’t quite as insane as ours, but if it was I hope it was filled with all good things and you are staying healthy through this wild winter!  How many weeks until summer??  xoxo, K

 

 

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