May 27, 2014

Home Cooked Pasta Bake

Farfalle Pasta Bake 

Now that our children have flown the nest, I do not cook much! 
I do my cooking in spurts now. 
I planned ahead on my last grocery shopping trip to make a pasta bake of some sort. I say of some sort of pasta bake because I am bad about following recipes. My pasta creations are like my soup creations….I use everything but the kitchen sink.
I just know that if I have the right mix of ingredients I can make a pasta bake. Today I used farfalle bow tie shaped pasta, but any shape would work.
I decided to use my small sized All Clad roaster which turned out to be a great idea and a good investment piece.  Sometimes when I make a large pasta bake I will divide the mix into a couple of casserole dishes, and freeze one.
My pasta bake can vary depending on the items I have in the house. Today, I had the following:
A drizzle of olive oil for my skillet
Two cups of sliced portobello mushrooms
One onion, chopped
One package of pre cooked bacon, cut into abt. One inch pieces
One box of Barailla farfalle pasta
One large jar of a three cheese Alfredo sauce
Half a jar of a red pasta sauce, any brand
Two tablespoons sugar, to cut the acidity of the tomato sauce.
One full package of finely shredded Mexican cheese mix. I used Sargento cheese. Feel free to use your choice. You just want a mix that will melt.
The process of creating today’s pasta bake: 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pour a drizzle of olive oil into a nonstick skillet. Bring the temp up, then put the chopped onion pieces in to sauté.
Add bacon pieces and cook along with the onion. Stir and turn as everything cooks.
Add the mushrooms last. Stir and sauté all until the onions are nicely cooked and tender.
Pour the sauces into the skillet. Mix and stir.
Stir in the sugar.
Fold in the whole package of cheese.
Grated Parmesan cheese for the top is optional.
Boil the pasta in a large pot. Cook to almost al dente. You want the pasta to be undercooked. (Do not over cook in the pasta pot because it will continue to cook in the oven.)
Drain the pasta and pour into a large casserole, pan, Pyrex, etc. (I spray the pan with pam so that the food is easy to remove.)
Pour the mix of sauce, cheese, onion, and bacon over the pasta. Stir the sauce mix into the pasta. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese over the top if you wish.
Place the pasta and dish into a preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Watch yours as ovens can vary. Just do not burn your creation!
Today’s Pasta Bake….as you can see, I tasted before sharing. Hubby endorsed today's version of my pasta bake. (Side bar, now I am sleepy after munching so much pasta. I shall take an afternoon nap to recover from my kitchen adventure!)
I hope you are having a nice afternoon…
My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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