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Meatless Monday – Baked Spaghetti

So for Meatless Monday I reverted to pasta.  My family likes pasta and usually don’t complain too much about it.   I was feeling more of a casserole type meal so I could hide some vegetables in dinner (yeah, I know she’s a high school senior that briefly flirted with being a vegetarian but some days I have to still revert to hiding vegetables).  I used the food processor to mince carrots into incredibly tiny pieces and while the spaghetti cooked I sauted onions, carrots, and garlic in a little bit of olive oil.  Mixed the spaghetti, sauce and vegetables with some ricotta and mozarella cheese.  Dumped it all in a casserole and into the oven it went.

Hiding the vegetables worked like a charm, she went back for seconds and liked it until her father said “Is there carrots in here?”  You would think after all this time he would know not to talk about ingredients in front of the children!!  She decided maybe it wasn’t so good after all ://  My husband didn’t complain and said I can make it again!!!!!  Maybe he’s getting used to Meatless Mondays (probably not but I can fantasize for a few minutes)  :))

Spaghetti Bake

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1-2 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, finely minced
1 medium onion, finely minced
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
½ box spaghetti
1 jar (24oz) spaghetti sauce
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Prepare spaghetti according to package directions reducing cooking time by 1 minute.
While the spaghetti is cooking saute carrots, onion, and garlic in the olive oil.

Drain spaghetti.
In a casserole pan combine spaghetti, carrots, onion, garlic, spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, and 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese. Mix well.

Bake for about 30-45 minutes or until bubbly. During the last 10 minutes sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Linked to: Just Another Meatless Monday

Meatless Mondays – Veggie Pasta Bake

Welcome to Meatless Monday.  The day I try to con (wait I mean convince) my husband that a meatless meal is yummy and satisfying.  He never likes a meal without meat, he doesn’t think it fills him up enough and usually whines and complains when I try to sneak one in.  So the fact that he actually agreed to try Meatless Mondays is astounding!!!  I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I emphasized how healthy it is and I picked a moment when he was feeling that his jeans were to tight.  Whatever the reason I am on a mission to try to make Monday meals that he enjoys.

Tonight I took an old favorite that is usually made with pepperoni and tweaked it.  Instead of a jar of spaghetti sauce I used a can of tomatoes and snuck in carrots to add some more veggies to the meal.  Round it out with a salad (it is unbelievable but we are still picking lettuce from our garden) and some bread and even he can’t complain (well not too much).  Next time I am going to puree the sauce to disguise the veggies even more (my almost grown daughter still prefers her veggies disguised).  But all in all a good start to Meatles Mondays.
Veggie Pasta Bake

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1 small onion, diced
2-3 carrots, diced
garlic (use amount that suits your taste)
1 large can of diced or crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 box of pasta (penne, rotini, or shape of your choice)
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375.
In a saucepan saute onion and carrots in a bit of olive oil until softened, about 10 minutes
Add garlic and cook about 2 minutes.
Pour in tomatoes and allow to cook about 5-10 minutes. (At this point you can puree mixture for a smoother texture)
Meanwhile prepare pasta according to directions.
Drain pasta.

In a casserole pan combine pasta and tomato mixture with about 1 cup of cheese. If the mixture looks dry add can of tomato sauce.
Top with more mozzarella cheese.
Bake covered 30-45 minutes until cheese is melted.