This pasta bake comes together super easy and makes for a great week night meal. It might be a little misleading since you don’t actually need to put this dish in the oven. You’ll love it anyways since it uses only one pot! You just add the noodles right into the sauce and then it’s all set.
I’ve used ground beef with this, but you could make this with a different type of meat or even meatless. It has also crossed my mind that if you didn’t add in the pasta, this would make a good sauce base for other pasta dishes.
I would actually recommend making this the night before and the flavors seem to blend together and become more pronounced the next day. I usually dish out a couple of lunches worth and take it with me to work. It heats up very nicely in the microwave.
We like spice over here, so we’ve added just enough cayenne that you notice it, but not too much that you’ll need to keep an entire box of tissues by your side. That being said, if you don’t like spice, it will taste just as good leaving the cayenne out of it. I would say that the cheese is optional as well…but cheese in my world cheese is always a required ingredient. This dish lasts for about a week in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator.
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
Makes: 6 servings
6 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tablespoon of oil, I used olive oil since that’s what I had on hand. 1 pound of ground beef 1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes 1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce 2 cans of water 4 servings of noodles 1 teaspoon of sugar 2 tablespoons of dried oregano 2 tablespoons of dried basil 1 teaspoon of dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon of dried sage 1 teaspoon of ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder (optional) 1/2 teaspoon of salt Parmesan cheese to taste
1) In a 3.5 quart sauce pan add the oil to medium heat and sauté the garlic. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Add the beef.
2) Once the beef is browned, add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. I used one can of each the diced tomatoes and sauce for the water. It also helps to get the last bit out of the cans.
3) Bring to just under a boil and add the noodles.
4) Add the sugar and spices. Cover the pan and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the noodles are the desired consistency.