Well hello everybody and THANKS so much to all of you who participated in the giveaway! We have a very happy winner and I'm excited to scheme up the next gift! As per usual, I haven't been doing a lot of cooking here in Australia because my mother in-law happens to be quite the chef! BUT- the other night she needed a little breather and I had free run of her fridge. Here's what I made with what I found and we thoroughly enjoyed it!* This dish would be FABULOUS as a vegetarian meal, which James and I will probably have it as when we make it at home... but because we had meat to use up and it was already thawed, I threw in a pound of ground beef as well.
*Chef's Note: we all REALLY loved it... except I thought it needed either more salt or more cheese. So beware of slight blandness. (although I seemed to be the only one who thought so)
- 1 pound ground beef (optional)
- 1 box whole wheat pasta noodles, whichever you prefer, we used corkscrews
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, sliced and diced thinly
- 4 zucchinis, thinly chopped and peeled if so desired
- 5 large carrots, 2 thinly sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 roma tomatoes, 2 thinly sliced and 1 diced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- handful fresh basil leaves
- 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
- 1 can tomato paste
- dollop of greek yogurt
- mozzarella cheese, fresh or shredded
- romano cheese, freshly grated
- balsamic vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
- black pepper
- seasoned salt
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. (220 celsius) Place parchment paper over a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and spread half the zucchinis and carrots across the entire sheet. Drizzle with a little more olive oil, sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper and bake for about 20 minutes, stirring around at 10 minutes to ensure even roasting. Remove from the oven and set those aside. (keep your oven on that same temperature)
my awesome night's contribution to the compost pile!
Give the veggies about 5 minutes of simmering before adding the ground beef. Press it in and mix it around and season with lots of extra seasoned salt and pepper. Turn the heat up a little (but not much).
isn't her table lovely?
Thanks everyone for checking in and I hope you're having a really great post election day! God Bless America! (and Australia, too) ;)
Here's to zucchini and lots of pasta bakes as we enter the chilly season.