Pizza pasta casserole

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A casserole is a perfect one dish meal that can be both filling and tasty all at once. The pizza pasta casserole is one such dish. It brings together a perfect blend of ground beef, pasta, cheese, and sauce.

To prepare gather together 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 large onion, chopped, 3 ½ cups of spaghetti sauce, 1 package of spiral pasta, 4 cups of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, and 8 ounces of pepperoni.

To make, cook the pasta in a pot of lightly salted water with a few drops of olive oil to prevent sticking; once cooked, drain the pasta.

Next over a medium flame, in a large skillet, cook the beef with in olive oil until the meat is no longer pink. Add the cooked pasta and spaghetti sauce. Transfer the mixture to a 13 inch x 9 inch baking dish and add cheese.

Arrange the pepperoni on top of the casserole and cover and bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 to 30 minutes. You may freeze any leftover unbaked casserole.

When ready, thaw the frozen casserole overnight and bake at 350 degrees for up to 40 minutes.

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Classic Baked Ziti

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The idea that any recipe which includes pasta is totally Italian is completely false. Some dishes, like the Baked Ziti has also an American twists and is a mainstay of the Italian-American diet. The mix of ziti pasta, in tomato and cheese sauce has stuck around for years.

This dish requires 1 lb lean ground beef, olive oil, 1 cup onion, chopped, 2 cloves of garlic, chopped, 1 jar meatless sauce, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 package ziti pasta, cooked and drained, shredded mozzarella cheese, salt, 1 cup grated Parmesan, red pepper flakes, rosemary, basil leaves, and Italian seasoning.

To prepare, preheat and oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet, sauté the ground beef, onions, and garlic with olive oil over a medium to high flame for about 8 minutes or until the beef is browned, stirring often. Add salt to taste. Once the meat is browned, cook for a minute adding the rest of the spices including the rosemary, basil, and Italian seasoning.

Next spread a thin layer of the sauce on a baking dish and add the mozzarella cheese. Add pasta and layer some more sauce, continuing like this until the pasta is finished. Top with a final layer of sauce and cheese. Bake until the dish is browned or four about 20 minutes.

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Meatloaf, so easy

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There are many ways to prepare ground beef which can make it tasty, interesting, different and enjoyable. Be it Shepherd’s pie or meatballs, beef is very versatile. One way to enjoy it is in meatloaf (read here other news).

This recipe requires 11/2 pounds ground beef, 1 egg,1 onion, chopped,1 cup milk,1 cup dried bread crumbs,salt and pepper to taste,2 tablespoons brown sugar,2 tablespoons prepared mustard, and 1/3 cup ketchup.

To prepare first preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Then in a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread. Cracker crumbs can be used in place of bread crumbs.

Next season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan. You can also re into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.

Next, in a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup and mix well before pour over the meatloaf. Bake the meatloaf at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

Meatloaf can be served with a fresh salad of lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded carrots with vinaigrette. You can also add cucumbers and olives to a salad for a little extra oomph!

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Shepherd’s Pie, hearty filling food

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Whether you call it a Shepherd’s Pie or a Cottage Pie, if a down-home hearty meal is what you’re searching for then this dish is the tasty, filling, traditional choice.

Shepherd’s Pie is an English or Irish dish traditionally made with mashed potatoes, mutton or lamb but is now most often made with minced beef. It can be topped with cheddar cheese for an extra zingy flavour.

The ingredients include two pounds of potatoes, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, garlic, salt, grounded pepper, dried thyme, ¼ all-purpose flour, 2 pounds ground beef, 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup of whole milk, 1 large onion chopped, tomato paste, ½ cup peas, and 6 carrots diced.

To prepare first preheat the oven to 450. Boil potatoes until tender; Drain and crush with milk. In a separate saucepan, heat vegetable oil, add ground beef, flour, onion, carrots, thyme, garlic, peas, and tomato paste. Cook beef until browned.

In a casserole, pour beef and carrot filling. Add the potato topping using a spatula to spread over beef. Add grated cheese and bake in an oven for 20 minutes or until topping is browned. Let sit five minutes before serving.

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