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Mezzi Rigatoni & Chicken

Mezzi Rigatoni

And I’m back with another delicious and quick meal from Barilla.  I wouldn’t consider this a light summer meal necessarily – sauce and pasta isn’t what I think of for 80 degree weather.  But it has great flavors and comes together really quickly.  It would be another great weekday meal that’s pretty inexpensive to put together.  And you could do endless variations to the flavor profiles.

I made this one with breaded chicken, and to tell a secret it was precooked and frozen.  I just chopped it up, sauteed it frozen and it came out just great.  Give this recipe a whirl for a nice weekday treat.

Get the Barilla recipe here

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Baked Ziti with Cheese


Tonight was so very much a pasta night.  After a long day of meetings, meetings…meetings, it was time to have a little easy and delicious treat.  Cheese, tomato sauce, béchamel, pasta and cheese.  What else do I have to tell you here?  This single-serve sized baked ziti is a quick way to have some delicious comfort food in not a lot of time.

If you multitask, it’s about 30 minutes from stovetop to oven to table, and this recipe is easy to scale up or down.  I made 2 servings so that I’d have a little left over, since I’ll want it again but it’s dangerous for me to have a giant pan of pasta lurking in my fridge waiting for me to devour it.

I took a little shortcut and put the milk in the microwave while my roux was cooking together.  It will seem a little thin, but don’t worry, the sauce thickens up a bit in the oven.  I used panko breadcrumbs on top to give it a nice little crunch and cooked it until it was brown and bubbly.  Delicious!  Get the Barilla recipe at AllRecipes.

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