Tuesday, October 19, 2010
My hands were yucky so I didn't get pictures of the steps to make it. When I do things like this, I wash up and dive in. Mixing ingredients like this are easier with your hands than with a spoon. Ok, call the kitchen police but it's what I do!
And forgive the measurements, I mix until I get a good balance and texture. Then I taste, season and I'm done. And I literally just cleaned out the fridge for this one.
Cooked hamburger patty, crumbled (with or without cheese)
Ricotta cheese (I used the entire pint)
Parmesan cheese (shredded, crumbled - use the kind in the green can if you must)
Cooked bacon, crumbled
red pepper flakes
Pasta Sauce - any flavor
fried onions - the packaged kind (you can eat these like chips! Yummy)
Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.
Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray
Put meat, bacon, onions, cheeses, and spices into a bowl. Start with a small amount and add as you mix to get the textures correct. You want more cheese than meat and you want it to hold together in a bowl. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary.
When pasta is ready, rinse and fill with stuffing. Don't overfill, you still want them to have a shape. Put one layer in the casserole dish. Top with pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese and fried onions.
Put in oven to warm through. I went with a 300 degree oven for about 25 minutes.