"For I was hungry & you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink..."

Matthew 25:35

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Three Cheese Pasta Bake

my best friends came over to exchange Christmas gifts & i needed a semi-quick lunch. i didn't want regular mac & cheese & i was craving ricotta- so this was perfect!

Three Cheese Pasta Bake

You Need:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package ziti (i used Rigatoni)
  • 1 batch homemade Alfredo sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (i used 1 tblspn dried)
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese

  • Directions: Pre-Heat oven to 350°

Prepare ziti (or whatever pasta you choose) according to package directions; drain and return to pot.

Stir together Alfredo sauce and sour cream; toss with ziti until evenly coated. Spoon half of mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Stir together ricotta cheese and next 3 ingredients; spread evenly over pasta mixture in baking dish. Spoon remaining pasta mixture evenly over ricotta cheese layer; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce (or go buy a jar!)
1 pint heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (or 1 cup of Kraft Parm Cheese)
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 tsp nutmeg


Heat heavy cream over low-medium heat . Add butter and whisk gently to melt. Add the nutmeg, salt & pepper- then sprinkle in cheese and stir to incorporate.

This makes a lot- so consider splitting it into 2 pans & freezing one! Enjoy!
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