September 7, 2010
Another Winner Dinner – Baked Ziti
Did you find your Winner Dinners? Last week I talked about what (in my opinion) a winner dinner is…..
- can be made ahead (earlier in the day and refrigerated until time to bake or eat)
- easily doubled or tripled or quadrupled
- freezes well
- can be used for more than just the first meal (for example: baked chicken leftovers can be made into chicken quesadillas)
- excited about leftovers
- family favorite recipe
Cooking Winner Dinners is essential to how I meal plan. Winner Dinners allows me to stretch meals (save a lot of money), double recipes, plan ahead and freeze. Today I’m going to share another Family Favorite that happens to be a Winner Dinner. It’s adapted from this favorite cookbook:
My sister was making this last week and I asked her to take pictures – she made half for her family and brought the other half to a family with a new baby. It’s both of our family’s favorite recipe for baked pasta – it’s definitely a Winner Dinner. (Printable recipe is at the bottom of the post.) You’ll see how we both prepare ahead with this meal by assembling it in two 8×8 foil pans. I’ve found that an 8×8 foil pan is perfect for a family of 4 for two nights. So with this recipe, I make two pans, toss one in the freezer, have one for dinner that night and have leftovers the next night. I have doubled this recipe and made 4- 8×8 pans – watch for pasta and sauce coupons and you’ve got cheap meal.
use a chunkier pasta sauce for better texture and taste (I like Barilla and Classico brands)
prep ingredients – grate cheese, undercook pasta and mix with sauce, make ricotta mixture
layer according to directions
top with grated cheese
write baking instructions on the top of foil – make sure you spray the top of the foil with non-stick cooking spray so you don’t lose your cheese
Easy, peasy, cheesy.
Want this recipe? Here is the download link for the recipe via Scribd – or you can email me and I’ll send you a pdf file of it.
Ready for the next step in Clean Mama’s Menu Planning Month? Make sure you’ve read this first post and this post
Step #2 is later this week.
do you have other winner dinners on your site?
Clean Mama Says
Right above the comments section there are two links – one says first post and the other says this post. The “this post” is another winner dinner recipe 🙂
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Amy K Says
Thanks for sharing this…it’ll be a perfect meal to provide for another family as well.
The Baroness Says
This is one of our family favorite freezer meals. It freezes wonderfully and it delicious baked.
Steph @ somewhatsimple Says
This looks yummy! I am going to feature it on my site this Thursday!
Le Chateau des fleurs Says
This is so yummy! Great recipe! Thanks!
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