Thursday, January 22, 2009

Food for the log cabin guests

I've been perfecting my recipe list of "best dishes" for log cabin guests. While I do like to grill, we need other options in the winter (especially since our weber charcoal grill is under 10 feet of snow right now!)

Guess what's in my cute little birdy box? (No, not a bird!)

It's a recipe box I picked up at a little shop in Gaylord! Now let's make you something since you're my guest.

No, I"m not going to make you peanut butter pine cones! I like to think I'm a better host than that! Though I must say, the Hairy Woodpecker does like my "cooking"!

Let's pull out the recipe for one of the best and cheesiest Baked Rigatoni dishes you will ever try! Yep - it lives up to the hype!

Look at this! Is your mouth watering? Do you want the recipe? I'm going to share it with you! Also, do you have any "winter" dishes you like to make for your guests? Share them here! I just love recipe exchanges! Okay Leedra, now pass the garlic bread and let's eat!

Shelley's Baked Rigatoni (well it's not mine, but I tweaked it!)
  • 1 box Rigatoni noodles
  • 2 large plastic jars of Ragu Traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 2 lbs of either ground beef or turkey if you want to make it healthier

  • 1 tbsp of butter

  • 1 small onion

  • 1 small container of sour cream

  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic

  • 6 slices of mozzarella cheese (enough for a single layer)

  • 6-8 slices of provolone cheese (enough for a single layer)

  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese (to sprinkle generously on top!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make Rigatoni according to directions, toss w/ butter and set aside. Brown beef in pan with finely chopped up onion and garlic. Drain. Add Ragu sauce and simmer until hot.

At bottom of deep casserole plan, pour a little of the sauce to cover the bottom. Pour 1/2 the noodles on top. Pour a bit of the sauce on top of the noodles to cover. Layer provolone slices in single layer to cover. Spread sour cream on top of provolone slices. Pour some of the sauce on top. Pour the other 1/2 of noodles on top of this layer. Pour some of the sauce on top. Layer mozzarella slice on top of this layer. Pour the rest of the sauce on top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese generously on top. Bake 25-30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.



April said...

Oh, boy...I do love pasta! This will be a huge hit in my family, I can guarantee! :)

Jessica said...

YUMMY! That's on my list to make!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yum--makes me hungry!!!! I copied a good recipe from GILL that is delicious. It's a chicken dish--and I printed it out (just like I'll print your recipe out also).

Have a great day.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yummy! That sounds so good. I will have to try that...

Judy said...

What time is dinner?? Sure hope we can make it. Seriously, that looks amazing. It is going in my file. Thanks!!

George said...

The recipe box is very appropriate for you and the rigatoni looks yummy!

Cedar ... said...

Yummmm..... what time is supper?

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Just copied the recipe!!! I can't wait to make it...pasta is my fav and I never mind making it:)

Thanks for posting it!

Mom2-2goodboys said... know this post is right up my alley!!!

You definately got me on the garlic bread...I haven't had an italian dish like this in a while....Looks like I will be going shopping soon to pick up ingredients to make this. The boys will will be happy!

Jen said...

Licking my lips... :P

The potato soup turned out great, so that is my submission-of course I am stealing that from Dorothy.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that does sound yummy and so easy to make, especially if you have a crowd to feed.

Gill in Canada

Gill - That British Woman said...

I have just printed out the recipe and I think there is a mentions sour cream in the ingredients and then cream cheese in the method.......which one is correct?

Gill in Canada

(can I ask a favour would you answer me through my blog please?)

Cassie said...

I am going to go get the ingredients tomorrow morning so I can make it for Patrick's supper. He will LOVE you for this.I'll have to cut the recipe in half though --- he has diabetes & would gobble up the whole thing otherwise! Thanks. I'll post a super-easy/working gal recipe on my blog soon.

Anonymous said...

This looks great and as long as I use Prego,(my guys are determined to eat only Prego!) it will be a hit at my house.

I wonder if I can substitute the Ragu and slip it past them. I'll let you know. Pasta is a big favorite in our house.

Michelle Dawn said...

I'll defiantly print this out it looks so yummy!

MyKidsMom said...

Hi Shelley, I've been watching your blog for a few months now. I am so envious of your snow. I live in central Oklahoma and we hardly ever get snow. I can't wait to see your entries first thing in the mornings. I love your cabin also. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The past looks yummy. Thanks for inviting me in.

Pepper in OK