Thursday, September 8, 2016

Easy Dump & Bake Meatball Casserole

Hey hey hey! My days are all out of whack this week with Monday being a holiday! It's already Thursday and usually I don't work, but today I'm heading up to the gym to sub a cycle class. See this week is all sorts of weird. The days are flying by in the blink of an eye and there aren't enough hours to get everything done. Especially with this tiny hurricane!


Her current favorite thing to do is to give me as many toys as she thinks can fit in my lap then sit on me and play with said toys. It's kind of adorable and I'll take snuggles any way I can get them! She's always on the move, so it's impossible to get a good picture of her these days. 

Since she's always going, going, going, it's getting harder to get things done around the house. Cooking dinner has become interesting. Luckily JP is home in time to help entertain her while I throw something together! I've found the easier the recipe, the more likely I am to make it! I found this recipe while perusing Pinterest and knew I had to try it! {I'm no food blogger, so check out the original to see just how yummy it looks!}


INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 (16 oz) package of Rotini pasta
  • 1 (24-25 oz) jar of pasta sauce of your choice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 (14 oz) package of fully cooked meatballs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 425*F
  2. Select a large baking dish, stir together pasta {uncooked}, water, sauce, meatballs and 1 cup of cheese. {It helps to add the ingredients in that order and stir after adding each!}
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover and stir.
  5. Spread remaining mozzarella over top and bake for 10 more minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and enjoy!
It took less than 10 minutes to throw together and the oven did the rest of the work. This way my hands {and lap} were free for playing with Chlo! I also roasted some brussels sprouts to go along with it. Since I already had a nice hot oven, I was able to throw them in the oven while the pasta was baking too!

For the record, this dinner was a hit with Chloe! She especially loved the pasta, but ate up her meatballs too. We opted for no clothes at dinner, so it was a quick and easy transition from dinner to the sink to wash off!



I'm all for simplifying things in the kitchen to have more time with Chloe and JP!

What are some of your favorite easy recipes? Send me some links to try!!!

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