Pasta Bake, Your Way

This basic pasta recipe is so versatile and simple to adjust to your personal taste.

Put together the ingredients here, then mix in all your favorites. This is the perfect dish for a throw-together-night or a clean-out-the-pantry-night.


1 pound ground turkey or beef
5 cups cooked pasta (short styles work best)
1 jar of pasta sauce (I say the chunkier the better)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 8 oz package shredded Mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cook and drain the pasta as directed in a very large pot. Return the pasta to pot.

3. Cook and drain the ground meat.

4. In the pasta pot, mix the pasta, sauce, meat and Parmesan cheese. Spoon the mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Top liberally with Mozzarella cheese.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, until cheeses are browned.

For mix-in ingredients, consider:
* cubed cheddar cheese
* diced tomatoes with chilies or peppers
* kalamata olives
* chunks of pepperoni
*onions and peppers
* ricotta cheese
* bulk sausage
* spices: basil, rosemary, oregano, course black pepper

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