There is such a large variety of pasta and sauces to temp any palette. Pasta can be used for main dishes, side dishes and soups.

Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:marinara

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 Can (28 oz.) Crushed Tomatoes
1 Can (8 oz.) Tomato Sauce
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasonings
1 Teaspoon White Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2-3 Tablespoons Wine
Spaghetti, Angel Hair Pasta or Ravioli

Directions:

Start preparing for the pasta by adding hot water and a pinch of salt to a large pot and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium size saucepan. Add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, cook for 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings and sugar to the onions and garlic. Simmer for 10 minutes then add the wine and simmer for 10 more minutes.

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain pasta, serve with Marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Note: When cooking the pasta, I like to add a few drops of olive oil for flavor and to prevent sticking. I also cook my pasta al dente.

Baked Mostaccioli Casserole

Ingredients:

3 Cups uncooked Mostaccioli or Penne
1 Pound Ground Beef
1/2 Pound Pork Sausage, Hot
¼ Cup Onion, chopped
1 Can (10 ¾ oz.) Tomato Soup, undiluted
1 Can (15 oz.) Tomato Sauce
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
¼ Teaspoon Celery Seed
½ Teaspoon Italian Seasonings
½ Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Cup Mozzarella, shredded
1/8 Cup Parmesan, grated


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° Grease a 2 Quart baking dish.

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, sausage and onion until the meat is no longer pink, drain. Stir in the tomato soup, sauce and spices.

Drain the pasta and stir into the meat sauce. Transfer to the greased baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake for 30 – 35 minutes until heated through.

Note: I like the spicy flavor that the sausage adds. You can also add some Bell Pepper to the meat as you brown it.

Lasagna

Ingredients:lasagna

1-8oz. Pkg. (9-10 Noodles) Lasagna Noodles
1–26 oz. Jar of Pasta Sauce (I like the Classico brand, especially Tomato & Basil)
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 Onion, chopped
2 Cups Cottage Cheese
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 lb. Mozzarella

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°

Cook lasagna noodles according to the package. When the noodles are cooked, lay them out on a sheet of aluminum foil. The noodles will remain warm without over-cooking and will release easily from the foil when needed. While the noodles are cooking brown the hamburger and chopped onion.

Spread ½ cup of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a 13”x 9” pan. Note this lasagna can be cooked in the microwave also, so choose a glass or metal pan depending on your cooking method. Mix remaining pasta sauce with the browned hamburger.

In a small bowl mix the cottage cheese, egg, parsley and salt.

Place 3 noodles on the bottom of the pan. Layer half of the cottage cheese mixture, then half of the mozzarella cheese and last add a layer of the meat/sauce mixture. Repeat layers ending with a layer of mozzarella.

Bake in a 375° oven, for 30 minutes or Microwave on High for 20 – 26 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Servings: 10
Recipe Difficulty:Normal
Preparation Time: 20 Min
Cooking Time: 30 Min
Country: USA

Baked Ziti

Ingredients:bakedziti

2 Cups uncooked Ziti, Mostaccioli or Penne
1 Pound Ground Beef
¼ Cup Onion, chopped
1 Can (10 ¾ oz.) Tomato Soup, undiluted
1 Can (8 oz.) Tomato Sauce
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
¼ Teaspoon Celery Seed
½ Teaspoon Italian Seasonings
½ Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Cup Mozzarella, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° Grease a 1 ½ to 2 Quart baking dish.

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion until the meat is no longer pink, drain. Stir in the tomato soup, sauce and spices.

Read more: Baked Ziti

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

spaghettiIngredients:

1 ½ to 2 lbs. of Hamburger
½ Onion, chopped
2- 1 lb. 12 oz. Cans Crushed Tomatoes
2- 6 oz. Cans Tomato Paste
2-Small Cans of Sliced Mushrooms, do not drain
2 Cloves of Garlic or 1 Tablespoon of Dried, Sliced Garlic
2 Bay Leaves
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Celery Seed
¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese
¼ Cup Cheddar Cheese
¼ Cup Wine (White or Rose)
1 Pkg. Spaghetti Noodles

Directions:

Brown the hamburger and chopped onion in a large, 6 Quart pot. When cooked through, drain off the grease. Add the remaining ingredients in order and stir. Note: add the mushrooms and their juice. The crushed tomatoes don’t have much liquid so a small bit of water may be added for simmering. Simmer the sauce for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Cook the spaghetti noodles per the package directions. Serve with a nice crusty bread and salad.

Notes:

This is an old family recipe that your family will love.

Servings: 10
Recipe Difficulty: Normal
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 - 3 Hours
Country: USA