Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baked Pasta with Meatballs

  • 2qt Pyrex baking dish (mine's square)
  • .5 lb short pasta (I used small Rotini this time)
  • 1.5 jar sauce (I used Newman's Own Marinara)
  • .5 - 1lb frozen italian style hor's d'oureversr meatballs. I used safeway brand.
  • 8oz Shredded Mozzarella-Provolone
  • .5-1 cup grated parmesean
  • 8oz Ricotta
  • Spices
  • Gusto

  • Boil water for pasta
  • Put frozen meatballs in sauce pan. Add a cup or so of marinara. Cover, simmer on low. Stir occasionally
  • Get a big bowl. Dump in your ricotta, parmesean, 1/2 of your shredded cheese
  • Add spices to the bowl. I did garlic powder, some oregano powder, onion power, ms dash, and pepper like I meant it. 
  • Put about 2 cups of sauce in a microwave safe dish, make hot. Ensure you cover it because it will splatter                                                                         

  • Dump the warm sauce into your mixing bowl and mix it up. The result will be this grainy pink goop.                                                                                 
  • Line the bottom of your baking dish with some sauce.                                                                                                                               
  • Spread about 1/2 of remaining shredded cheese over sauce in baking dish                                                                                                             
  • Preheat your oven to 400                                                                                                                                                            
  • Once the pasta's done boiling, drain, drop it in your mixing bowl and mix with the pink goop.                                                                                       
  • Dump the sauce pan with sauce and meatballs into the pasta and pink goop. Mix that up too.                                                                                          
  • Carefully put all that stuff in the baking dish. It will probably barely fit                                                                                                        
  • If you have sauce left, pour it over top                                                                                                                                            
  • Spread remaining shredded cheese over this. You gotta have lots of cheese on top.                                                                                                   
  • Assuming your oven is ready, stick a baking sheet or some tin foil on a lower shelf, then the baking dish on the middle shelf. The baking sheet is there in case it drips.          
  • Don't play Borderlands 2. You'll forget about this awesome stuff in the oven. Instead, check out tmbo for 25 minutes.                                                               
  • When the time's up, the cheese should be a congealed skin of awesome on top with some crusty brown spots. This is how you know it's done and why you need lots of cheese on top.    
  • Take it out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes or so. It's still cooking inside.                                                                                              
  • Don't forget to turn off the oven.

Enjoy. This is a delicious but heavy meal. Better break out the red wine.

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