Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 11-Weeknight Pasta Bake & Lazy Girl Breadsticks

Last night I discover a new easy-yet-delectable favorite to add to our list of family favorites!
This dish was simple, delicious, and made enough for plenty of leftovers (even after we both had seconds!). Enjoy!

Weeknight Pasta Bake
1 box penne pasta (about 16oz)
1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
1 jar marina sauce
2 cups frozen peas
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Cook pasta as usual. Drain water and rinse cooked pasta with cold water. Set aside.
2. In a large pan, cook ground turkey. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Add marinara sauce and stir through. Set aside.
3. Combine cooked pasta, meat/sauce mixture, and peas. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese.
4. Bake in the oven at 400 F for about 30 minutes, or until the dish is hot through and the cheese is melted.

Lazy Girl Breadsticks
These breadsticks were the result of my improvisation on a night when I did not have a bread/starch side for dinner. Our freezer was overflowing with frozen hot dog buns, leftover from a barbeque we hosted earlier in the year, and I decided to put them to good use. At the time, it seemed like an easy-way-out, but they actually turned out delicious and my husband ate four!

hot dog buns
garlic powder
parmesan cheese

Spread generous amount of butter on top of each bun. Sprinkle with garlic powder, oregano, and parmesan cheese. For a more indulgent breadstick, add butter and seasoning on the inside of the hotdog bun as well. Bake in the over until golden, about 5-10 minutes depending on temperature.

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