Dear Readers of the Greater Rochester area,
When Jeannette was a kid, growing up in Webster, her dad worked as an elevator mechanic in the city of Rochester. Every five years the union contract would come do for renewal. At that time the union would usually decide to go on strike for better benefits and conditions. During that time money was tight. Striking union workers are not eligible for unemployment benefits. There fore, Jeannette’s mom would go to work and her dad would stay home and be in charge of the house. When money was tight no piece of food was wasted. That meant a lot of leftovers. Now as an adult, Jeannette has carried that principle into her own household. Except now, she usually makes a whole new dish out of those leftovers. When Jeannette’s children were young, her husband worked trick work, so there were many nights that he was not home for dinner. On those nights Jeannette would usually whip up a meal from leftovers, that she knew her husband would not eat. But the kids would, because Jeannette would make it a fun meal.So for today’s recipe, we are going to turn your leftover pasta into a spaghetti casserole. Are you ready? If so, let’s begin.
Here is a list of supplies you will need:
A greased 9×13 casserole dish
Measuring cups and spoons to stir with
A medium size mixing bowl
Here is the list of ingredients you will need:
All of your leftover pasta
1-1 and a 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce
Any leftover meat, such as, sausage or meat balls
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1-2 cups of low fat mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake casserole for 30 minutes
Now to start with, take all of your leftover pasta, sauce, meat and parmesan cheese and place them in your mixing bowl. Stir everything up and place into the greased casserole dish. Next, take enough foil to cover your dish. Place the dish in your preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. After the casserole is done heating in the oven, take it out, remove the foil and sprinkle on 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Next, place the casserole back in the oven,uncovered, for about 5 minutes or till the cheese has melted. Great side dishes for this are a tossed salad and garlic bread.
Jeannette hopes you have enjoyed this way of using leftovers. She would love to hear from you. So if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, she can be reached at: [email protected] Jeannette also hopes that you will eat right and stay healthy. So until then, remember that if you can read you can cook