& this is how "she" does it... I am so often asked, "How?! How do you work full time & get home, enjoy your child AND cook dinner?" Well, like I say time, & again, prep! I have this wonderful All-Clad Stainless Cassoulet with Lid & it really makes things easy for those nights when you just want to toss something prepped into the oven. In this case, from leftover sauce & pasta, I prepped a small ziti on Sunday in the cassoulet, burrowed it in the refrigerator & it made for a quick weeknight dinner/side.
Enjoy! (We did :) )
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Ziti for Two
- 1/2 lb. Ziti, cooked to al dente (see box directions)
- 1 & 1/2 cups Bolognese (see below)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 & 1/2 cups mozzarella,shredded
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix the bolognese, ricotta, approximately half the parmesan & 1 cup of the mozzarella. Toss with the ziti. Place in small baking dish or casserole dish. Top with remaining mozzarella & parmesan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted & browning.
- 2 TBSp olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 TBSp tomato paste
- Splash of dry, white wine
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1-2 garlic cloves, whole but smashed
- 2 TBSp fresh basil, chiffonade
- S & P
Saute the onion in the olive oil on medium-high until translucent. Add the ground beef & stirring occasionally, brown it. Add the oregano & the tomato paste. Stirring, cook for another minute. Add the wine, stirring. Add the tomato sauce & garlic. Bring to a simmer & lower the heat to medium. Allow to simmer on medium for another 20-25 minutes (or longer since the longer, the better). Add in the basil & S & P, to taste.