Friday, December 20, 2013

Five-in-One Pasta Delight

The holiday season is here, and invariably the kids spend more time in the kitchen hunting for “their kind of food”! But this is really no complaint, as I too love to huddle up with them at the dining table yakking and eating! The Christmas tree is ready. Most of the packages are wrapped. Now I’m starting to think about what cakes, cookies, and candies to make…besides main dishes!

I know my kids will love this cheesy pasta. In fact, I think I’ll go ahead and make it because it’s supposed to be cold and rainy, and this would be a nice, comforting dish for them to come home to.

Pasta with Five Cheeses


Ingredients

·         1 pound Rigatoni, fusilli or small shells

·         2 cups heavy cream

·         1 teaspoon Basil, dried

·         1 cup Crushed tomatoes in heavy puree

·         1 package Italian blend cheese, (8 ounces divided - mozzarella, mild cheddar, provolone, and asiago)

·         1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Method

1.    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

2.    Boil the pasta two minutes less than what the package specifies in plenty of well-salted water and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the cream, crushed tomatoes, basil, 1 1/2 cups of Italian cheese blend, and gorgonzola cheese.

3.    Add cooked pasta to the cream and cheese mixture. Stir to combine.

4.    Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is browned slightly and pasta is bubbling hot. Serve immediately.

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