Sunday, September 25, 2011

Our Family's Favorite Pasta Casserole

This is my husband's all-time favorite pasta dish. It is Amish-inspired and really tasty. He thinks ANY husband would agree this is wonderful! May well become your family's favorite too. Give it a whirl. Serves 8.

2 jars pizza sauce (or 2 8-ounce jars tomato sauce)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 pound ground beef
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp parsley
1 onion, chopped
4 oz (1/2 cup) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 16-oz pack of penne or rigatoni pasta

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Spray a pan with nonstick spray or use 1 tbsp oil. Brown your meat along with the garlic. Add then the Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic salt. Mix well. Add in the pizza sauce, cream cheese, sour cream and parsley. I use fat-free cream cheese and sour cream, but you can use what kind you like! Mix thoroughly, and simmer for about 15 minutes to make sure everything has blended together. Toss in your onions, mix, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Prepare your pasta, drain and put in an ovenproof casserole dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Pour meat sauce on top. Stick in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Fresh from the oven! Props to my husband for blowing the steam away so I can take a pic!

8 points a serving. I guarantee everyone will ask for seconds. NO DOUBT!

My husband likes to add a couple more dollops of sour cream. He says it's a guy thing.

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