This recipe is from a "Quick Cooking" cookbook and may be a lot like something you already fix, but we liked the flavors. It feeds 8-10 people easily and is great for sharing with a friend in need if you are feeding fewer people.
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 - lb ground beef
- 1 tsp. crushed garlic
- 26-32 oz. spaghetti sauce (to taste)
- 1 lb. medium shell pasta (We also like Piccolini miniature bowtie pasta in this)
- 15 oz. container cottage cheese
- 3 cups Italian blend cheese or mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp oregano*
- 1/2 teaspoon basil*
(*or 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning)
Brown chopped onion with 1 lb of ground beef and garlic to taste. Add 26-32 ounces of spaghetti sauce (depending n how much sauce you like.)
Boil medium shell pasta till just tender (I've also used campanelle curly pasta; it is fun). Drain. To pasta add 15 ounce container cottage cheese and 2 cups grated Italian blend cheese (or mozzarella), 1/3 cup parmesan and 2 tablespoons parsley flakes. Mix well. Stir in sauce. Pour into greased 9x13 pan (which will be very full) or two smaller casserole dishes. Cover and bake about 45-50 minutes till hot and bubbly. Add remaining grated Italian blend cheese to the top and heat till melted.