I am usually very prepared when it comes to making meals for my family. I make a list of all our weekly meals, stick to my list when I grocery shop and then make sure to look far enough ahead to thaw out meats for the coming days. But… sometimes life gets in the way.
Yesterday was good example. I had planned on making a pizza for supper. I was going to make the crust and then use some left over sausage and pizza sauce from earlier in the week. Before heading to church we got a pleasant surprise, because Tim was able to finish chores early and then spend most of the day with us. I certainly didn’t want to be in the kitchen mixing pizza dough. Days like this are rare for dairy farm families.
After church, brunch with both my parents and Tim’s, a trip to the park and then a short nap, it was already 3:00 p.m. and I was scrambling to make something before we had to leave for the farm and start afternoon chores at 4:00 pm. So I made something up and it turned out wonderful!
I made a sausage pasta bake. Here is what I did:
I cooked about 12 ounces of rigatoni pasta according to directions. While that was cooking, I added my left over pizza sauce (about 8oz) to a can of whole fire-roasted tomatoes (28 oz). Then I mixed the sauce and tomatoes together while breaking the tomatoes into smaller pieces. When the pasta was done, I drained them and then poured them in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Then, I topped with the left over Zweber Farms pork sausage (about 1/2 lb) and then topped with chopped mushrooms. Next, the tomato mixture was poured on top. Last, I covered the top of the dish with about 2 cups of Organic Valley shredded mozzarella cheese. I was done by 3:45 (total prep time was about 20 minutes) When I got to the farm, I had Lisa bake the dish for 30 minutes at 350, while I started chores.
It was delicious!! We pared it with baby carrots and a glass of Organic Valley milk. No need for take out when you are creative!
See more Hunk of Meat Monday recipes on Leah Beyer’s Beyer Beware Blog.
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