Tonight's recipe comes from a Food & Wine Cookbook. Food & Wine is not a usual source of food inspiration, due to the "fancy recipes" made with "weird ingredients!" Even though I thoroughly enjoy both Food and Wine. I draw my limit at calf liver... or really liver of any kind! And if that interests you, I will gladly give you that page!
These books were actually a gift from a friend who bought them at one of the many book fairs that frequent the teacher's lounge! She decided to pass them on to me, knowing full well that I would use them.
This recipe sounded interesting due to the fact that
a. It is Italian, and we like Italian. A lot.
b. There is none of the afore mentioned weird ingredients.
c. An appetizing picture always helps too!
Here's the recipe.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans chopped tomatoes , drained
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 3/4 cup medium pasta shells
- 6 oz. grated mozzarella
- Parmesan cheese
Directions (the Jenn version)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cook shells according to box directions.
- Use large skillet to brown hamburger and onion. Drain and return to pan.
- Add tomatoes and salt to pan with meat. Simmer for 10 min until thickened.
- Remove from heat and add pesto.
- Drain pasta and add to meat mixture.
- Grease 9x13 pan. Add 1/2 of meat mixture. Add 1/2 of cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers.
- Cook 15 min, or until cheese is good and bubbly!
Doesn't it just look good?
This recipe is a keeper. We usually make the recipe according to directions first, then make changes. However, this time we made some initial changes.
- We cut the salt. 1 1/2 tsp sounded like a lot. We only used 1/2 tsp.
- Instead of mozzarella, we used smoked Gouda (my new favorite) and you could really taste it!
- Next time, add mushrooms and sausage instead of ground beef.
Since it is Thursday.... and Pie League is back from hiatus.... and just because...... I decided to finish my meal with a piece of Apple Pear Pie and a little Ben & Jerry's Dulce Delish! Yumm!