No Time? No Food? No problemo!

9 Aug

So if you can to our kitchen right now it would look really sad.  maybe even depressed.  there is nothing in it. it is a barren wasteland of nothingness. {i’m dramatic I know!}

I wanted to squeeze in grocery shopping last Friday before our weekend away–but alas it didn’t get done by the deadline and so I just knew we would be coming home on Sunday saying what are we going to eat??!!!  Smart thing would be to suck it up and grocery shop on Sunday afternoon–but that is not our style. We like to make it hard for ourselves. LOL.

Now let me just tell you what we have in our wasteland of a kitchen in case you don’t believe me {no worries this wont take long!}

Freezer: year old frozen hamburgers (maybe 2 left?), steamed vegetables packets, 2 TGIF quesadilla roll-ups, ice cubes, and 1 steamed rice packet

Fridge: milk, ricotta cheese, sour cream, block o’ cheese, all the condiments you would want, 3 peppers, bacon, old lunch meat from last week, and crystal light juice, oh and whip cream. Sack o’ potatos on the top of the fridge.

{feeling sorry for my husband yet?}

Cabinets: Trail Mix, Tostitos, pretzels, lasanga noodles, spagetti, ragu, bowtie pasta, 3 boxes of rice, tastefully simple entertaining items {beer bread, key lime pie, spinach and artichoke dip}, and stove top.

Yes people this is what I was up against last night when we had no desire to go grocery shopping, no desire to eat fast food t, and no desire to quickly get a couple ingredients right down the road.  What is a girl to do???

TWO WORDS: PASTA BAKE aka fancy way to say noddles and pasta sauce with a little zing. 

bad iphone pic..sorry!

If you have nothing in your house you probably have these ingredients or similiar ingredients and your husband will think you are magical in the kitchen.  {you can thank me later!}

Okay so here are the ingredients:

1 lb of pasta. Any time of pasta, penne, ziti, bow tie, swirls, elbows.  Anything but long thin spagetti would work.  Use all different types to equal a pound if you want.

1 large container of ricotta cheese. this really makes the meal but if you don’t have it no worries use more shredded cheese or blocks of cheese to make it a cheesy meal.

Shredded Cheese. use any type. All types together.  I used what we had left of mozzarella and then some of the block of cheddar cheese we had and shredded it myself until it looked good and cheesy. any cheese will do. any amount will do.

Basil, Parsley, Black pepper, 2 cloves of garlic. This just adds to the flavor of the meal.  use all if you have it. no worries if you don’t have all of these ingredients–use what you got!

Pasta Sauce (I used about 3/4 of a large jar of Ragu. depends on how saucy you like pasta to be)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Boil the pasta.

While the pasta is boiling in a large bowl put in the ricotta cheese with the garlic (i used minced), basil, parsley, and black pepper.  There are no amounts for these except for the cloves of garlic (which I used minced anyways so it didn’t matter).  Just what you think is best and yummy.  I just kept sprinkling! I used more basil then parsley and little pepper since my hubby isn’t a huge fan of black pepper.

After pasta is done boiling put a layer of pasta in a casserole dish (that you can put in the oven).  Then put sauce on the pasta and then put half of the ricotta mixure over the sauce (precision not necessary) and then a layer of the shredded cheese (go nuts with the cheese if you want!).  Then put the rest of the pasta on the shredded cheese and then the ricotta mixture and then the sauce and then on top put more shredded cheese (i put parmesean on with the shredded cheese).  YUM-O!!!

Bake for 15-20 minutes with tin foil on the pasta bake.  Then for about 5-10 minutes without the tin foil to get it a little crunchy on top. 


IT WAS DELICIOUS!! It felt like I had actually planned on this meal and the hubs and I really really loved it! We were so suprised because it tasted so much better than pasta with sauce on top yet there wasn’t THAT many more ingredients than the pasta and sauce.  so incredible.  It also made leftovers which helped with the problem of what were we going to eat for lunch since we had nothing for that meal either.  BONUS!

So moral of this story is if you are really hurting for a meal because your kitchen has nothing in it..i bet you can find the ingredients to make this meal in your cabinets and you will not be dissapointed!!

{oh and of course we didn’t have tin foil because that is how barren our kitchen is so if you don’t have any no worries–just heat in oven for 20 minutes and not the extra 10 and you will be set!}

Can you guess what we are doing after work today??

2 Responses to “No Time? No Food? No problemo!”

  1. Nicole August 10, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Hmmmm, that sounds good!! Send some my way, because I don’t know what I’m having for lunch. ha, ha.

  2. love1025 August 10, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    pasta bake is totally shippable! HAHA!

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