|Italian Casserole - Hot and bubbly from the oven.|
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil your casserole dish with olive oil.
Bring a pot of water to boil for your pasta. I used shells, use rotini, macaroni, whatever you have. One box of pasta will be more than enough.
While the water is boiling and the pasta is cooking, make your sauce:
In a pan combine:
1 lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
1/2 green pepper chopped
4 cloves of garlic chopped
Drain the fat off
Add and simmer:
1 - 24 ounce jar of spaghetti/tomato sauce or 3 cups of your homemade spaghetti sauce
1 tspn oregano
1 tspn basil
1/2 tspn thyme
1/2 tspn lightly crushed fennel seeds ( just lightly broken so they'll release their flavor)
|Sauce and Pasta Simmering|
Drain your pasta and put it in the casserole.
Pour the sauce over the top, along with:
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
Stir together lightly until pasta is coated and cottage cheese is well distributed.
2 cups (approx) grated mozarella cheese
1 tbspn finely chopped parsley
Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
Serve and enjoy!