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Homemade Baked Ziti recipe

If you have been reading here for awhile, you know I have three kids, and a very busy schedule. Types of casseroles are an important dinner option for me since they can be made ahead. Casseroles only need to bake in the oven when it’s time to cook dinner, so they are super convenient. This makes prep convenient with my schedule, and it makes feeding my family a home-cooked meal even easier.

My kids love pasta; don’t most kids? Since pasta is a huge hit at my house, and quite possibly yours, a casserole version is key on busy days. My homemade baked ziti recipe is both easy to make, and well loved by pasta-loving children. That’s win-win!

Homemade baked ziti is an easy and delicious casserole you can make on the spot, or ahead of time when your schedule gets the best of you. So without further ado, here is my homemade baked ziti recipe with instructions. I hope you love it as much as my kids do!

Homemade baked ziti ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Ziti pasta (you can substitute penne if your market doesn’t carry ziti)
  • 1 jar Rao’s Marinara (you can make your own, or use another brand, but this is the most authentic on the market, in my opinion-my ancestors are from Italy, so my family is used to authentic Italian food)
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup mozzarella
  • 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage, cook before mixing into casserole. (can substitute 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground pork if you don’t like sausage)

Homemade baked ziti cooking instructions:

Step 1: Cook pasta

Step 2: Mix pasta together with sauce and meat in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Pour half of the mozzarella into the bowl and mix together.

Step 4: Pour half of the pasta mixture into the casserole dish.

Step 5: Cover the pasta mixture with the remainder of mozzarella cheese.

Step 6: Pour the last half of the pasta mixture on top.

Step 7: Smooth out the top of the casserole with a wooden spoon.

Step 8: Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of the casserole.

Step 9: Layer provolone cheese slices on top of Parmesan cheese.

Step 10: Top the casserole with green onions.

Bake 35 minutes at 350. Remove from the oven, serve, and enjoy!

There you have it! A really easy casserole the whole family can enjoy. It makes about twelve servings, so there is a good chance you will have plenty of leftovers to eat on another busy day, or bring to work for lunch. I hope you and your family, friends, etc love this homemade baked ziti recipe too!

Thanks for stopping by, and manjia tutti!

XOXO
Cathy


Lemon shrimp angel hair pasta recipe

lemon shrimp angel hair pasta recipe

*So, I am not very good at indoor photography. My apologies for the poor quality photo, the food does look better in real life and it is quite delicious! This is a plate full of my own lemon shrimp with angel hair pasta recipe. I’m excited to share it with you!

Now that summer is fast approaching, I like to switch up my cooking so that I can offer my family lighter fare. There is something perfect about citrus based dishes on warm days. A month ago, my cousin gifted me a bag full of beautiful lemons from her backyard tree. With so many lemons on hand, I decided to get creative! My family loves pasta, and my middle child is a huge shrimp fan, so I decided to try and combine the two. Thankfully it worked, and the spontaneous recipe turned out to be quite yummy. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Summer Recipes: Lemon Shrimp Pasta Sauce

(Makes 9 Servings)

  • 2 Fresh Lemons
  • 1 Pound Pasta (I prefer Barilla Angel Hair Pasta)
  • 1 pound rock shrimp (or any shrimp you prefer)
  • Half stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or diced
  • Season to taste: oregano, basil
  • Top with Parmesan

Step 1: Cook shrimp in frying pan. I use olive oil to grease the pan. Cook thoroughly.

Step 2: While shrimp is cooking, cut the lemons in half and juice them using a citrus juicer.

Step 3: Melt butter in sauce pan.

Step 4: Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil and cooked shrimp in sauce pan with melted butter. Stir to combine ingredients, and simmer over low heat while pasta is cooking.

Step 5: Cook pasta.

Step 6: Drain pasta.

Step 7: Place pasta on dish and top with lemon shrimp sauce.

Step 8: Top with 1-2 teaspoons of Parmesan.

Step 9: Serve and enjoy!

That’s it! This is a really easy pasta dish which is perfect for warm, summer days. It’s a light pasta sauce which is delicious and fresh. Enjoy!

Tools you might need to cook my lemon shrimp pasta sauce:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

 


10 bags that will get you noticed this spring and summer

bags that will get you noticed spring summer 2019

5 of the 10 bags that will get you noticed this spring and summer season, from top left: green and blue messenger bag / straw star clutch / hat bag with bow tie (I have a crush on this bag) / black and gold lady bag (tell them you’re rich!) / bead and fringe boho shoulder bag /

One of the big trends this spring/summer 2019 season, is the unconventional handbag. The hottest bags on the streets are in shapes which are far from classic, and to top it off, the bags get better with mixed media, prints, wild colors, and more! This is not a season to pull out your classic bags, this is the season to look for fun silhouettes, and unexpected styles.

Neon bags, multi-color bags, unexpected silhouettes; are all trends we love in handbags this season. While many designers and brands have taken these trends and turned them into understated bags, or more classic looking bags, some designers and brands have gone full speed ahead! There are some wild bags on the market this season! If quiet bags aren’t your thing, then here are ten bags that will get you noticed this spring and summer season. Scroll through to see all ten! You only have a sneak peek at five above 😉

Which bag has caught your attention? Do you plan to wear a bag that will get you noticed this spring/summer 2019 season?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy