Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Five Cheese Baked Ziti

Marcie was feeling like pasta last night. The recipe called for 1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese but alas, we only had about a half a cup. We did have about a half a cup of goat cheese left and a quarter block of cheddar so we ended up using that to make our cup and a half. Marcie just got the zucchini and carrots on sale so we cut those up and added them along with our onion and garlic staple. For meat, all we had thawed was peperoni so we cut that up and mixed it in. The Basil was getting a little overgrown outside so we added some of that also. Our sauce we had to open a new jar but since that wasn't enough, we were lucky to find another half used jar in the fridge that needed to be used up. For the top, I added Parmesan cheese and our leftover queso from Moe's (they were giving away cups of free queso the other day). Marcie jokes that anytime I help her cook it becomes a "kitchen sink" meal and laughed that this one was no different. I however liked it a lot and although we could never repeat this exact taste it, the five cheeses and random veggies worked out really well.

We'll be able to eat off of this for a few days and cost wise, it was very humble. I think the pasta was around $1 if not free (triple coupon at HT), the veggies were under $1, and the goat cheese we got for free. The sauce itself was the most expensive part at around $4 for 2.5 jars worth but all in all, I'd estimate the dish at $6-$7. Since it will feed us for at least 3 meals, we're looking at around $1 per a good size serving.

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