I knew Brent was on his way home so I needed to do something quick, but gluten free, healthy and tasty. My usual “go-to” quick meals include, taco’s, meatloaf, breakfast for dinner, sour cream enchilada’s, or soup and sandwiches…none of this was sounding good tonight. Luckily I had bought some penne pasta the other day with the idea of making baking ziti for Brent (he really likes baked ziti and I haven’t ever made it). Let me tell ya, this meal was quick, easy, and good!
Here is how I did it…
1 pound ground beef (browned and drained…I don’t like any grease on mine)
½ - 3/4 box of penne pasta cooked and drained.
1 recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce (You can definitely use a jar if you don’t want to make sauce. I like to make a batch of sauce and freeze it so I have it when I need it.)
4 oz. of cream cheese
1 – 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese (I used about ½ cup of Muenster and ½ cup mozzarella because I needed to use up my Muenster cheese).
1 Tbs Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
Ok, here is what you do…
Cook the ground beef and set aside. Boil the pasta, then drain, then add the cream cheese and stir on low until it is mostly melted, add the spaghetti sauce and seasonings, then add 1 cup of cheese and stir until it is mostly melted. Put in a baking dish (I used a pampered chef dish so it didn’t need sprayed) and then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. I baked mine on 350 for about 20 minutes. Serve with some garlic bread or crusty Italian bread.
For Gluten Free, you can do all of the following except use gluten free pasta instead of regular pasta. I used gluten free elbow noodles for this recipe.
My Homemade Spaghetti Sauce… GLUTEN FREE
2 pounds ground beef (browned) (I like to add ½ an onion and a little garlic as my beef is browning)
1 16 oz. box of Imagine brand Tomato soup (this is gluten free, but you should always check the box to make sure)
2 cans of diced tomatoes
2 cans of tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ tsp. basil
¼ tsp thyme
¼ tsp oregano
Mix all ingredients together and let simmer on low for about an hour. You can also put it in the Crockpot and cook on low for about 4 hours. Make sure to stir the sauce so it doesn’t stick or burn.