Monday, April 18, 2011

Shell Pasta Bake

This was the first real dinner I made in our new place! I was really pleased with how it turned out. Nate is not a big fan of pasta but he gave this recipe a 9.5! We don’t like our tomato sauce to be sweet, but if you do, feel free to add a Tbsp. of sugar to the sauce. I got the idea from Jamie Cooks It Up, but I changed it up to suit our tastes. Here is what I did:

1 lbs. ground beef
1 (20 + oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
8 oz. shell noodles
McCormick Hamburger seasoning (I always add a little of this when I make ground beef)
1 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning
1 Tbsp. butter
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown ground beef and season with a bit of hamburger seasoning. Add the pasta sauce and 1 Tbsp. garlic bread seasoning and stir to combine. Heat through and simmer while you cook the pasta. DO NOT overcook the pasta, just cook it ‘til al dente, otherwise you will have soggy pasta. Melt your butter and add the garlic powder, onion powder, and parmesan cheese. When noodles are finished, drain them, but don’t rinse. Pour the noodles in a mixing bowl and toss with the butter mixture. In a 9x13 pan pour some of the sauce/meat mixture. Pour noodles on top of the sauce, then pour the remaining sauce/meat over the top of the noodles. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with parchment paper and then tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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