Food & Drink

I'm Chris - or Christopher - or Mr. Dean - or Master Christopher - or just plain Sir. I'm a self-professed foodie. I love to cook and I take great pleasure in all things edible. My husband and I are relatively new to Portland, Oregon and are enjoying our culinary explorations of the area!

Food is NOT just fuel!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pasta Bake

Pasta bakes are great fun, and so easy to put together. keith really wanted some hearty pasta the other night, so we went off to the market to pick up some ingredients. I didn't keep track of everything, as I let him make the pasta (after I set up his mis en place). Comforting & delicious, it's like a big food hug. he cooked a pound of ground sirloin along with some onions, garlic, mushrooms, and red bell pepper. To this he added a big can of whole, peeled tomatoes and the sauce, as well as one small can of plain tomato sauce. There was likely some thyme, oregano and basil thrown in there at some point (really, I think I was playing xbox and just running into the kitchen when he had a question...I'm guessing). As this was cooking, he boiled some farfalle pasta (2 minutes UNDER what it suggests on the box). Once the meat mixture was bubbling and delicious, he added a big handful of chopped pepperoni and poured the whole thing into a big bowl. He added 2 handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese and about a cup of ricotta cheese. Then he added the pasta, mixed it all together and poured it into a baking dish. The whole thing was covered with a nice layer of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and placed in a 375 degree oven for about 30 - 45 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling.

Fall has arrived at our house.

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