Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Menu Plan Monday & Must Try Mondays: Veggie & Meatball Pasta...on Tuesday yet again


Monday: Dinner at my Aunt & Uncle’s / make Tuesday’s dinner

Tuesday: Veggie & Meatball Pasta (made Monday - see below for recipe) / Leave half at home for Paul and Karen, take half to my girl’s Bible Study
Wednesday: Chicken Wings & Roasted Veggies
Thursday: Hamburger Wraps
Friday: Chinese New Year Party / Dumplings!
Saturday: Family birthday – brunch then open house
Sunday: Breakfast > Baked Mexi-Egg wraps w. Guacamole



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Must Try Mondays: Veggie & Meatball Pasta
This is one of my go to recipes. If I need something quick, easy, on hand and delicious I always make this. I generally serve it with some type of warm bread/roll and a side salad. I receive never ending compliments and it feels like cheating


Veggie & Meatball Pasta


Ingredients:


• 1 package of premade meatballs (I buy in bulk at Costco and then just add as many meatballs as I want)
• 1 can Marinara Sauce (I love Hunt’s 4 Cheese)
• 1 can Alfredo Sauce
• Vegetables, chopped (Zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, etc)
• ¼ of an onion, diced
• 1 TBSP minced Garlic
• Oil, becel or butter (depending on personal preference)
• 1 package of noodles, cooked and drained
• Garlic & Onion Salts
• 2 cups of grated cheese (mozza and cheddar both work well)


Directions:


Put water on to boil, cook pasta and drain.


Put oil, becel or butter in pan, add diced onions and garlic. Slowly add vegetables, in the order that they need cooking in (Ie. Spinach will take longer so I put it in first, then the Zucchini and then the mushrooms, as they take the least amount of time). Flavour this mixture with Garlic and Onions Salts as you prefer. Once cooked toss mixture into large mixing bowl. Pour both the Marinara and Alfredo sauces into the mixing bowl. Add the meatballs and cooked pasta. Add one cup of grated cheese. Mix all together.


Spoon or pour into casserole dish (I find this recipe makes more than one large casserole dish so I often use it in one large dish and one small dish, for two meals). Cook for 30 minutes at 450. Top with remaining cheese and bake at 500 for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden.


Serve with salad and breadsticks/buns/rolls. Enjoy!

2 comments:

LeAnna et David said...

I don't think you can go wrong with pasta, marinara, and cheese... yum! My go-to dish is to buy that fancy, fresh tortellini, a bottle of sauce (Lloyd Grossman's preferred but usually only if it's on sale)--heat up the sauce while the pasta cooks, and make sure to add some crushed chillis. Then mix together the sauce, pasta, and some parmesan OR if I have time mix the sauce & pasta, grate cheese on top, and bake in the oven. So good!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Thank you so much for linking to Must Try Monday. This dish looks great!

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