When I was planning this week's menu I had originally planned to use elbow pasta hence the 'maccheroni' but we ate that earlier this week, haha, so I used spirals instead! I suppose you could actually call this recipe 'Salsa Al Pomodoro Rotini' then! It really doesn't matter what style of pasta you use. Though, spaghetti types will be more difficult to assemble and eat!
Salsa Al Pomodoro Maccheroni!
8oz pasta (If using gluten free pasta this will be the entire box. Traditional pastas have 16oz so use half!)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 clove garlic
2 handfuls organic baby spinach
1 can mushrooms pieces and stems (you could also use 1/2-3/4 cup fresh mushrooms)
1/2 cup shredded goat cheddar (optional)
While you are waiting for the water to boil, add the garlic, spinach and mushrooms to a chopper or food processor and chop finely. You can really use any veggies you want. This is what I used but peppers, olives or any other veggies you want can be added to your sauce!
The thin layer of pasta sauce.
Next, take your partially boiled pasta and drain it. Then add it as the next layer in your dish followed by the shredded goat cheddar, if using. If you don't want the goat cheddar you can add a thin layer of nut cheese or half a thinly sliced zucchini. The zucc would be great and I would have added that to mine for sure if I had one! Yum You could also completely omit this step and go to the next if you like!
Add the rest of the sauce to the top and bake for 20-25 minutes in preheated oven. The idea is just to heat everything through so it should only take about 20 minutes!
There it is, Salsa Al Pomodoro Rotini! This was so easy and very delicious!
This recipe could very easily be doubled and added to a 13x9 pan with an extra layer OR you could make 2 9x9 pans and FREEZE one for later! I love recipes that pay you back.....like when you're in a bind and remember that you froze a recipe for just such an occasion! The cooking instructions would be the same on the frozen meal, just thaw before you bake! Have a fantastic weekend!