Baked Pasta

June 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm 4 comments

For dinner tonight, I knew I wanted to make baked pasta.  It’s an easy, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants recipe that allows you to use up the veggies in your crisper that are going the way of the dodo.  I also love this dish because it’s a combination of my favourite items: carbs and cheese.

I started with half a box of multigrain fusilli and boiled it in water for about 6 minutes.

In the meantime, I cut up a bunch of veg: mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper, and mixed it with some organic tomato sauce (purchased on sale for $4.50, much more expensive than my usual generic brand tomato sauce but I was feeling…saucy).

I mix the cut veggies, tomato sauce, and cooked pasta in a bowl…

And then pour it into a casserole dish, sprinkle with grated mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and various herbs (I used a basil mix), and pop it in a 350 F oven for 25 or so minutes.

Of course, 25 minutes is a long time to wait for dinner, at least for me.  To tide myself over and to prevent overconsumption of the pasta and cheese, I concocted a green monster using:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • About 3/4 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk

Now that is a GREEN monster!

I drank this while watching Oprah (Sarah Ferguson was on talking about how she sold her soul to the devil, or some such) and then finally dinner was ready!

A sight for sore and very hungry eyes:

Traditionally, I grab a bowl of this dish, eat it, return to the kitchen to put my bowl in the sink, glance over at the still-remaining baked pasta, and take another bowl of it.  This time, I had a plan!  First, I had the green monster, which filled me up.  Second, when dishing out my bowl of pasta, I put some in tupperware for tomorrow’s lunch and made a personal vow with myself to leave the rest for my husband’s dinner.  Then I slowly walked out of the kitchen backward chanting to myself.  Not really.  I would have tripped over a cat!

Well, my PVR’d episode of Oprah is over (Sarah Ferguson would like her soul redeemed.  I think Oprah has the power to do that for her) so now it’s time for kitty cuddles…

And library book reading.  This one is EXCELLENT.

(While writing this post, I ate two blueberry brown sugar with flax cookies.  Now I am drinking water.  I may make some tea if I am feeling crazy.  I feel weird telling the Internet exactly what I am eating, and yet I feel the need!).

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. DIet Porn  |  June 2, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I love that you had a GREEN monster before dinner! Fabulous. And I am jealous of your blueberry brown sugar flax cookies. I am going to keep my eyes out for those.

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    • 2. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  June 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

      The lifestyle cookies are pretty good. I think the blueberry ones have about 40 calories each, so not bad! I ended up having a third, along with a handful of crackers, and a slice of loaf. Baby was hungry I guess! (Love having a baby as an excuse to eat more!).

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  • 3. Stephanie  |  June 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I have to comment on the weirdness (to me) of your pasta box. The picture, colors and fonts are identical to my Ronzoni pasta in the states but the shape and name was different. This boring fact would not amuse anyone but myself, of course 🙂

    Found your blog through Meghann’s (College Graduate). I’m interested to see any tips you may have for being frugal AND fit. I am a new vegetarian trying to keep our grocery budget still in check. I was hooked by your free cookie advice 🙂

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    • 4. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  June 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      Ronzoni and Catelli pasta must be running some sort of cross border conspiracy! Creeeeeeepy.

      Glad you found my blog! I know there are loads of great food blogs out there, so I thought I’d put a spin on mine and also focus on frugality, since I love to budget and save money (also: I have to!). I hope I’m able to share some tips that benefit you!

      Reply

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