Do you ever think a recipe just tastes better because it has personal meaning? By this I mean did someone you care about give you the recipe? Maybe your grandmother, mother, or a good friend? Today's recipe, Seashell Pasta, always tastes good to me because one of my piano student's mothers made it for my family when I was on bed rest with GMan. I had a steady stream of meals and helpers during the last few months of my pregnancy, and I have several good recipes (and a precocious and fun little boy!) to show for it!
Seashell Pasta is on the menu this week because we just returned from a trip to the beach and are studying seashells. I usually make this ahead of time (in the morning while the kids are working at the kitchen table), adding the cheese on top just before I put it in the oven. It also doubles easily and it's a great dish to take to a sick friend or church pot-luck. Enjoy!
1/2 box seashell noodles
1.5 lb. ground beef
1/2 diced onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1-2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Cook noodles. Drain and set aside. Brown meant with garlic and onion. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Mix noodles with meat sauce. Put in a 9x13 dish and cover with cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Serve with a salad and garlic bread.