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My “OH GEEZ it’s 5pm already?” Dinner recipe

Written By: Jenn - Jun• 27•09

Dunno what it is about cooking every night, but I just hate it. I enjoy cooking for a special occasion, and baking is fun, mostly, but cooking every night is simply annoying.

Anyway… late this afternoon I was sitting here working, when I was interrupted by a voice at my elbow.

“Mom. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mommmmm. Mooooooommmmm. Mommymommymommymommymommy!!!!!”

It belonged to Wee One. “I’m hungry again!” she says, when I turned to press our noses together. OI! What is it about these kids that they expect me to keep feeding them?! What is she, four? Oh. Right. But then I looked at the clock, and it was just about 5pm. Oopsy.

Alrighty then! What to have… what to have. Did I mention I hate cooking?

Ok, spaghetti is quick… nope, no spaghetti in the pantry. Hrm. I know – penne with a quick meat sauce! Nope, no penne, no ground beef. I was sure I had both… better write them on the board. Ok, lets see what we do have then. Ok, well, I have a package of Smart Pasta rigatoni. Check. Pasta sauce… check. Nothing fancy, but I always add stuff anyway. Ok. Hrm. No meat. I really have to go grocery shopping! Oh wait, I have a coil of polish sausage in the freezer! Ohh, and I have cheese! Rock on! (geez I hope this doesn’t suck).

It didn’t suck! I got a thumbs up from every thumb at the table! Right on! Mom SCORES!

Here’s what I threw together prepared:

[Note: I could give you exact measurements, but I’d be lying. I rarely measure anything… I will never make it into a cookbook, but I’m ok with that.]

– 1 pkg Smart Pasta Rigatoni
– 1½-2 cups Sharp cheddar, grated
– 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
– a dash of olive oil
– 1 onion, chopped
– 2 or 3 garlic buds chopped (or more, your choice)
– Half a coil of polish sausage (about 10-12″) cut into medallions or whatever shape you prefer. You could do more, but only if you have a BIG casserole dish. Half was good for me.
– 1 can of basic pasta sauce
– Oregano, Marjoram and Sage – a pinch of this, a dash of that…

Set your oven to 350°F

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain but don’t rinse. Pour it into the casserole.

Toss with the cheddar cheese.

While pasta is boiling, do the sizzle thing with your olive oil, onion and garlic. When it’s soft, add your polish sausage and brown it up a bit.

Add your pasta sauce and spices.

Simmer a few minutes, then pour over the pasta in the casserole. Carefully mix together – it’s probably pretty full now! Cover and bake for 15 mins.

I put the mozzarella on just after it came out of the oven and allowed it to melt, but you could put it on at any point, and cook uncovered if you like it browned. My kids don’t, so I did it at the last minute.

It’s not pretty, but it tasted pretty wonderful!

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  1. ShaMoo says:

    Wow, that looks awesome!! I guess I should confess that when it’s that time of the day and I have zippo in the cupboards we will inevitably get Happy Meals for the kids and a butter chicken combo for mommy from Benny’s Curry and Roti on Steeles…. Either that or I’ll whip up a mean batch of pancakes and bacon (and deal with the syrup highs until 10:30pm)…. Next time, we’ll just head to your place :)

  2. Jenn says:

    Ack… ;)

  3. Doodle Cakes says:

    Yes it DOES look awesome!! I will definately be trying it.. :)

  4. Jenn says:

    Doodle – that one recipe would do your whole clan. We have enough left over for another meal.

  5. Shanta says:

    That looked totally awesome. I will definitely be giving it a try. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. Jenn says:

    We had the leftovers tonight, and made the Herbed Corn recipe again from a few weeks ago (I found microwave safe bags!) the corn was awesome… soooo good. The pasta was good a second time too, but it was a bit dry as leftovers. I think if we do it again I’ll add some additional tomato sauce before reheating the leftovers next day. The best part is that everyone had second helpings and said I should make it again. Yay!

  7. ConorBooms says:

    Looks great. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you really don’t want to leave the house to go to the supermarket!

  8. Niki says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog!!!
    I don’t know how you don’t think this dish looks pretty! I think if it looks edible, It’s darn pretty to me!!!
    Mmm…. hungry!!!

  9. The best meals are the ones thrown together at the last minute. In this house, The Man Beast is much better at this than I am…but I am learning.

  10. Reese says:

    That looks really yummy. May have to give it a whirl