Baked Pasta Casserole for Sunday Night Dinner


What is the dish that gives you an "aha" moment with the richness in ingredients, easiness in preparation and divinity in deliciousness ??????

Well for me now , its Pasta Casseroles( it might be transient, god knows ). My pantry has all sizes and shapes of pasta , waiting for its turn on Sunday evenings..

We used to have elaborate lunch on Sundays, but that usually edges us into afternoon naps,once we wake up its all Sunday evening blues.
Then we decided to change the routine and lately it has changed to a totally epicurean Sunday nights with good food and awesome movies. Both of us really enjoy this a lot , as we both cook together , make some cocktails with some new country music in the back ground and savor the fruit of the labor watching some stupid movies.
Its total fun with "Eat , Drink and be Merry" state of mind..

As N says , it completely takes away his Sunday evening blues , but as for Monday Morning Blues we are yet to find a Panacea...

The recipe has its origin from Ina Garten's Greek style Lasagna-Pastitsio( I modified a little) .When i serve this as the main course in a party,I bake it with the Bechamel Sauce. But on a normal day , just for the two of us we prefer it white sauce-less.

One more thing , I have used less pasta sauce than what the original recipe calls forth , just cos we don't like to be too saucy and tangy and wanted the wine taste to be prominent...

Recipe for Baked  Pasta Casserole 
Medium shell pasta - 1/2 box = 1/2 lb
Salt to taste

For the Meat Sauce

Pasta Sauce - 12 oz
Dry red wine - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Philly cream cheese - 2 table spoon( Onion and chives flavor) . (Optional)
Olive Oil - 2 table spoon

Ground Meat - 1 lb ( chicken, beef, lamb, turkey or a mix)
Onion chopped - 1
Garlic chopped - 2 cloves
Ground Cinnamon - 1/4 to 1/2 tea spoon ( this is an update and i typed it wrong before)
Ground Cumin - 1/4 -to 1/2  tea spoon
Dried Oregano - 1/4 tea spoon
Red chilli powder - 1/8 tea spoon
Crushed pepper - a large pinch
Parsley chopped - a handful
Salt to taste
Cheese - 1/2 cup - I use a mix of Parmesan and sharp white cheddar.( use your best cheese)



Directions:-
Heat Olive oil in a cooking pot and add chopped onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.
Add ground meat , crumbling it with the back of a spoon , saute for 10 minutes or until it is no longer pink. Add dry red wine and cook for a couple of minutes and add ground cinnamon , cumin , red chilli powder and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in pepper and chopped parsley.
Add Pasta sauce and 1/4 cup water and cook covered for 45 minutes or until it is well cooked
( add more water if needed and if it sticks to the bottom . but it should be thick in gravy when it is done). Stir occasionally. When it done Set aside and add 2 table spoons of Philly cream cheese if you are using it.

Meanwhile cook pasta according to the package directions.I cook for a bit more time, and it depends on how you want your pasta to be . Drain and set aside.
Preheat Oven to 350 degree F.
Add pasta to the meat sauce and mix well. Pour this to a baking dish . Sprinkle with 1/2 cup  Parmesan and cheddar and bake for 20- 30 minutes.
Serve Warm.


Cheers!!!!



Sarah

65 comments:

Rumana Rawat said...

Delicious pasta:)

SheenaBabu said...

Different and looks Delicious

Smitha said...

looks yummy and delish!...I also different shapes of pastas in my pantry!....never can get enough ...even my kids!,
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Zareena said...

Hmmm.. Yummy and delicious pasta. I enjoy them a lot in any sauce. Snaps are awesome as always.. :)

Plateful said...

Ooh, that looks very yummy!
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Sharmilee! :) said...

Baked pasta sounds a nice idea...looks tasty

Lyndsey said...

Sarah this looks great! I love that you make it a nice family evening together. You can't beat Eat Drink and be Merry!

Suja Sugathan said...

Looks great dear..adipoli.

Jeen said...

Sarah ...Amazing Pictures

Treat and Trick said...

Great combo and sounds so yummy!

S.Menaga said...

delicious baked pasta!!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Nice and perfect pasta !! amazing pics !!

Swathi said...

Baked pasta looks delicious.

Madhu said...

Looks very nice Sarah, especially with some red wine, this would go super well.

Umm Mymoonah said...

I usually add lots of cheese to this baked pasta but your version looks very delicous, I'll keep this on mind next time when I'm making pasta.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking pasta. Very colorful.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...pasta looks yummy...

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Sandhya Hariharan said...

Hi Sarah ...

Wow... Wot a lovely dish for a perfect Sunday !!!
I m dropping in after quite a long time.... Lovely

I m in love with ur new layout... and pics are always class apart !!!

Have a lovely day!

Cheers
Sandhya
Sandhya's Kitchen

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Pasta casserole looks absolutely delectable..

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Asha said...

Looks delicious..

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I'm seeing a new outlook and its great, and meat sauce is wonderful loving all the flavours there! your pic....Ohhh :)

Rookie Qookie said...

Lovely Pasta Sara..Also thanks for reminding me to finish off mine from my pantry as well :)

Cheers,
Reshmi

JishasKItchen said...

looks very delicious...something new to me...I will try this someday..

Sayantani said...

my av sunday dinner too. lovely clicks. and between did you make those wines? awesome colour.

kitchen queen said...

yummy and lovely pasta.

Priya said...

Baked pasta casserole looks simply inviting and droolworthy..

Shanavi said...

Sarah,...Looks really YUM..

Only Fish Recipes said...

gr8 clicks ! looks absolutely yummm !

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious pasta full of flavour looks good

divya said...

Looks so gorgeous and inviting...

An Open Book said...

bakes ared efinitely the easiest right..i love these easy 2 bake meals

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks delicious and perfect clicks too:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

How are you Sarah? I am good....not so regular in blogging. Great recipe n routine to drive away that Sunday blues:) Pasta looks awesome dear.

Nostalgia said...

Awesome! This looks very tasty.

Rekha shoban said...

yum yum!!!nice presentation n click!

Suhaina said...

wow.I am drooling here.looks so tempting...

Now Serving said...

That's a yummy looking bowl of pasta!

Mrs K said...

Sarah,I am in complete unison on the simplicity,richness and divinity in deliciousness when it comes to pasta casseroles.This recipe sounds and looks so true to its description & ingredients and superiority in taste :)

Suman Singh said...

Anything with pasta sounds great to me..this really looks appetizing..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love baked pasta casseroles, yummy it looks!

Hema Mahen said...

Looks delicious...

Rachu said...

Delizioso!!!Loved the cream cheese addition....
eat, drink and be merry..

Ila said...

Wow tempting pasta :) u have such delicious collection of recipes :) happy to follow u :)

Kairali sisters said...

Are wah! Looks too good Sarah, adipoli..

Panchpakwan said...

Delicious pasta..

notyet100 said...

even i luv such sundays,..pasta looks delicious,..;-)

Deepa Praveen said...

I love ur clicks sara neat and tidy presentation..and no need to say your dishes are fab.
P.S :As u are kottayam kari like me I wonder why there is no meen achar or irachi achar in your blog..(did I miss it if not I am waiting for that recipe dear.)

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Deepa... Thanks a lot !!!!

Good thought ;)...all those pickles are so into our spirits right...no u did not miss it..I am waiting for summer to do the best trick ;)

Cham said...

The pasta casserole has everything, quiet a comfy and cozy meal!

Muraligeetham said...

'aahaa'... Simply delicious !!!

Pushpa said...

Delicious baked pasta.

Rumana Rawat said...

Happy Holi!!!!

Nithu said...

Yummy pasta. Like to have some.

Paola said...

Ciao, ho iniziato a seguirti perchè il tuo blog è molto bello, mi piace!
Hello, I started following you because your blog is very nice, I like it!
Paola

Sowmya said...

Nice pasta....perfect for Sunday night dinner!

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Mary said...

Sarah, this looks delicious. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jaisy James said...

ha ha adipoli kandittu ithu onnu try cheyyan tonnunu. njan recently lasanga undakkiyirunnu. this looks tempting dear. superb click

Reeni said...

Pasta is the most comforting thing in the world! This looks super comforting and delicious!

Magpie said...

Wow Sarah what a beautiful casserole! We have been making and eating a lot of pasts these days too :)
Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope to see you as a regular member of our Kerala Kitchen event :)

Babli said...

Pasta looks yummy and delicious.
Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.

Yummy Team said...

Yummy pasta! We have a sausage pasta recipe in our drafts, will be posting it soon. Ethu kandittu oru rakshayumilla, enthayalum udan try cheythirikkum!!

Pinne carrot rice-ile paa nattile thanneyannu..Athu laskhmi ayacha pics annu :)

My Little Space said...

I'm drooling here! Absolutely yummm.... Thanks for sharing.
Kristy

Anonymous said...

I just made this for SND and it was amazing! Thanks so much!

Table d'hote said...

Great pictures!

Anonymous said...

i was wondering if this recipe can be made without using red wine. pls do let me know

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