Monday, March 24, 2008

Ground Meat Casserole

I am so sorry I haven't posted in a while. I probably have about 995 reasons why I haven't posted and none of them are facts, like work has been busy, like the two homegirlz that need to be taxied everywhere; oh they like to eat too and to top it off they demand to wear clean clothes. On those crazy afternoons when they have worn me out and I don't feel like cooking is a great "go to" meal.

Ground Meat Casserole - Brown one pound of ground sirloin or lean ground beef. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder as the meat browns. Drain the accumulated grease from the meat and place cooked, drained meat in a size appropriate baking dish (spray dish with non-stick cooking spray). The one shown is 9x9. While the meat is browning, cook 8 oz. to 10 oz of your favorite pasta in salted water until al dente (about 8 to 9 minutes). Add cooked and drained pasta to the baking dish with the meat. Pour in 16 oz. of marinara sauce and 1/2 cup of freshly graded Parmesan cheese. Blend meat, pasta, sauce and cheese and spread out evenly in dish. Top with a combination of shredded mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Now close your eyes and be thankful for quick, easy and yummy meals like this!


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