This is such a freakishly easy recipe that I feel kind of silly even putting it on the blog. It's the first new recipe I have tried in a long time that my husband, Corey, actually liked, so I thought it necessary to celebrate a little. I got this out of a magazine that specializes in super easy cooking, but then I modified it to cater to my own tastes. The original recipe doesn't call for any meat, so it would work well meatless too. I want to try it with Italian sausage next time. The key ingredient here is the Italian salad dressing mix -- it adds that certain je ne sais quoi that most of my dishes are usually missing.
ITALIAN BOW TIE BAKE
8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 jar (16 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease the a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
3. Brown ground beef and drain.
4. In a bowl, combine the spaghetti sauce and salad dressing mix; add pasta and meat, then toss to coat.
5. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Yeah, it's not such a beautiful dish, but it was super yummy.
And here is my 11-month-old (wearing his "Chicks Dig Me" bib, which I swear I only bought because it's hard to find bibs that don't velcro in the back and the only alternative was "Princess") wolfing it down:
Aaaaaand here is my 2-year-old eating a PBJ sandwich because she refused to eat the Italian Bow Tie Bake and I am still too chicken to just let her starve if she doesn't eat what she is served.