Friday, July 15, 2011

Well You Won't Starve....but you might gain a little weight!

Do you have your favorite winter pasta dish?  maybe lasagna...baked ziti....something that you serve on a cold winter night to ward off the chill that speaks warmth to friends and family.  Our family has several of those winter pasta dishes but when the HEAT of summer rolls in, who wants hot pasta?

But you still have a longing......Ahhh......

I found a "cool" hot pasta dish this year.  Yes, you bake it at 350 but it is not a "heavy" dish and for some reason our family dubbed it a "cool" spring/summer pasta meal.  And it only takes about 20 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake....a quick and easy meal!

Here it is:

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake


1 (16 oz) pkg ziti (or rotini is our preference - holds the sauce better!)
2  jars prepared Alfredo sauce, your preference (I used light without problems)
8 oz sour cream (I used light without problems)
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese (I used light)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (I have used dried - just adjust accordingly)
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
***you can add Italian sausage, cooked chicken, or shrimp to this dish as well.

How to Prepare:

1.  Cook pasta according to directions on package; drain.
2.  Stir pasta together with alfredo sauce and sour cream; if you are going to add meat, add it here; make sure the pasta is evenly coated.  Pour 1/2 of pasta mixture into 13x9 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
3.  Stir together ricotta cheese and next three ingredients; spread this over the pasta in pan. Spoon remaining pasta over the mixture in dish.  Sprinkle evenly with mozarella cheese.
4.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes (til bubbly).

Serve with a green salad and bread.  Viola!  A complete summer meal and you won't starve:)!

Happy Eating!

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