See, I told you I'd come up with something. I got my idea from Pioneer Woman (see her link on my blog roll over there <---) who always makes yummy looking stuff but my friend Julie has done a few of these too. In fact, she started a second blog just for her recipes. Anyway, I don't cook much anymore since becoming pregnant. And this is what I usually do- throw something last minute together. Here it is in all it's pictorial glory. I have step by step directions so this may get long. Feel free to ignore as unless you can't boil water, it's not exactly a gourmet meal.
The cast of ingredients. Please pretend there is actually pasta in that box. I added a cast member after I had poured the pasta. I didn't realize I had cheese! Btw, if you don't usually like Ragu sauce, try the Organic version. Yum!!
Boil water...ignore all my pregnancy pills in the back ;)
Add salt- AFTER boiling water. Did you know salt before boiling can scar your pan? You can only truly season pasta in the water it's boiling in, not afterwards.
Stir it around. Cook until al dente. Okay, so I've never known exactly when that was, so I just taste as it cooks....a few times. Mmm.
Drain well, shake a bit to get all the excess water hiding away in the pasta. Noone wants watery pasta.
Pour into your baking dish- can you see the steam in the back?
Time to pour the sauce!
Add some cheese and stir it around. Taste test...mmmm
Add some extra cheese on top.
If you have time, just put it in a 350 oven until it's really hot and the cheese is melty, but I was hungry (I'm pregnant people!) so I just put it under the broiler until the top layer was melty. I really like a browned cheese top but didn't feel like waiting that long. Low fat cheese just doesn't brown very well either. Dh is on WW though so low fat it is.
And it's done! Scoop some out to feed your children and nibble on some more until it's time to make your plate.
I decided to see if we had some garlic bread and found some in the back of the freezer. Here it is in it's frozen state. I chose to throw it in our Advantium oven so I didn't have to use the normal oven again.
And after it was done. Yummmmmy! I could eat all 3 pieces but I'll be nice and share.
And that was the end of my not-so-gourmet pasta dinner. Quick and easy!
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