Just wanted to share one of my family's favorite "comfort food" meals. My friend Jenny Carr shared this with me many moons ago and we absolutely love it. It is also a great meal to take in to someone...it freezes well and just omit the garlic powder and it's great for new moms.
Italian Baked Pasta
8 oz. pasta (the original recipe calls for ziti, but I use whatever is on hand...last night it was fanfalle)
1/2 lb. extra lean ground beef
3 cups favorite spaghetti sauce
2 cups Ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions on package, omitting salt and oil. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, crumble meat in a large skillet; cook and drain. Add spaghetti sauce.
Combine Ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Add pasta and mix well. Spread one cup of sauce mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Spoon pasta/cheese mixture into pan. Pour remaining sauce over pasta/cheese mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
And on the way home from Utah, Anna uttered this treasure.
Anna: Dad? Do you know why I like being a girl?
Tony: Why do you like being a girl, Anna?
Anna: Well, I get to wear cute clothes, I'll get to be a mommy someday, and girls get to pretty much be in charge.
Obviously, the girl gets her brains from her mother.