Pass the Pasta, Please!

Our last blog post was about all of the wonderful benefits of eating pasta. Hopefully, you read it and came away with a renewed interested in either preparing or ordering this filling, versatile food for your family. You may have read it, however, and wondered, “Which pasta dishes can I fix beyond the standard mac-n-cheese or spaghetti and meatballs?” We’re glad you asked. Today, we are serving up two of our favorite pasta recipes. They have proven to be family favorites consistently through the years, and they are both very simple to prepare. Each recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd, and the leftovers freeze well for future use. So, without further ado, here they are…

Pasta

Cabbage and Noodles

This is a classic eastern European dish that originated in Hungary but is also popular in Poland, Austria, and Germany. Known in Hungarian as “Kaposzta Halushka,” this satisfying and tasty one-pot meal is the ultimate winter comfort food.

Fry bacon until cooked. Drain grease, leaving a light coating behind in pan. Place bacon in holding bowl. Saute onions in remaining bacon grease until carmelized. Drain and put in bowl with bacon. Save grease. Cook cabbage by boiling in large stockpot until soft and tender. Drain water from pot. Remove cabbage and put in separate holding bowl. Fill pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain water from pot when done. Mix noodles with cabbage, bacon, and onions, stirring well. Stir in a bit of extra bacon grease to the mixture if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Baked Ziti with Peppers and Onions

This casserole dish is the perfect weeknight meal or potluck offering. Melted cheese and flavorful sausage combine to create a winner that your family will ask for again and again!

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Boil water and cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In large saucepan, cook sausage, peppers, and onion until meat is browned and vegetables begin to soften. Drain. Return pepper mixture to saucepan. Stir in pasta sauce, 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese, oregano, I cup mozzarella cheese, and ziti noodles. Mix well and spoon into 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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