Friday, June 18, 2010

Baked Spaghetti

Here's my take on my mom's recipe... It's delicious and makes enough for leftovers (and nothing is better than leftover baked spaghetti- yum!).

Ingredients you need:
1 box spaghetti noddles
1 jar store bought tomato-basil pasta sauce
half a bag of finely shredded mozzarella cheese
about 1 lb of ground beef
about 1/4 cup onions (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
olive oil
fresh basil (dried works too)
fresh thyme (dried works too)
fresh oregano (dried works too)
a shake of crushed red pepper

Cookware you need:
spaghetti pot or large stock pot
medium-large saucepan
9x12 glass baking dish
tin foil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Start off by cooking your pasta, remember to go with the instructions on your box for cooking times because not all spaghetti noodles cook the same. I add some salt and a splash of olive oil to prevent sticking...
Now for the sauce, I used a medium size saucepan. Added a splash of olive oil and saute the garlic and onions for about 5 minutes over medium-high, add in your ground beef and cook until brown and crumbly. Add in your jar of pasta sauce and reduce to a simmer. I have a herb garden now and decided to use that to flavor my sauce. I lightly chopped the leaves of my herbs and tossed them in, along with a shake or two of red pepper to 'add some spice'.  I let my sauce simmer for about 8 minutes...
Meanwhile drain the pasta and grease your baking dish with some olive oil.
After your pasta has been drained, return to it's pot and mix in the pasta sauce.
Add about half of the spaghetti mixture to the baking dish and top with mozarella. (You can add any cheese you would like at this point, I added some leftover fontina and gruyère that was hiding out in my fridge)
Finish with the remaining spaghetti mixture and lightly top with cheese. Cover with foil and place in oven for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Let cool a little then serve.

**sorry for such small pictures, my camera is MIA (well, I think it's at my parent's house.) and these were taken from my cellphone.

Monday, June 7, 2010

And The Winner Is...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli

Last week I received the coolest item in the mail...a frozen meal for two along with a fun prize pack of two tea sets, all thanks to MyBlogSpark. 
The newest Wanchai Ferry flavor, Beef & Broccoli, is the first beef dish in their line of great-tasting, complete Chinese meals for two. Ready to serve in only 14 minutes, Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli comes with tender beef strips, and an assortment of Asian-style vegetables, including broccoli florets, red peppers and water chestnuts. It even includes rice and a rich brown sauce accented with soy and garlic for an authentic flavor experience.

The Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli meal for two was the perfect meal for a day when I worked late. It was easy to have ready, and only took about three steps. All I had to do was pour the meat and veggies into a skillet with some water and let it cook for a bit. Then add the sauce and saute, meanwhile pop the rice packet in the microwave.  
Everything should be done at exactly the same time and ready to serve.
This meal had the perfect portions for two adults and it was really tasty! We both decided we would love to have this meal again. I highly recommend you try it and see for yourself. It's a delicious meal that comes together faster than it would take to get take-out! :)
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