It's finally comfort food season and I am making the most of it! Kicking off warming food with this very delicious to dive into tomato y mozzarella pasta goodness. If you love pasta and cheese as much as I do, this one will be a keeper for the winter.
It's Bonfire Night! Otherwise know as Guy Fawkes night. Or to most people, probably just another day. If you didn't have the delight of growing up with this celebration, I strongly suggest you adopt it anyway. It's and excuse to have a fire, drink hot chocolate (err...or spiked hot chocolate), roast things, set off fireworks and just have a good ol' time.
Growing up I remember loving Bonfire Night as much as Halloween. And that is a pretty big statement from a kid. We had fires on the "beach" across the road from the house. My grandfather, along with many other community participants would usually be preparing for it for days. Everything but the kitchen sink was in that fire to set alight. Even tires. Yes, old tires. Thinking back to that part, I am not sure it made for the best roasted wieners. In any case we loved it and never once complained.
We were usually huddled up in blankets, roasting our marshmallows and wieners and watching flankers as they lit up the sky. Sometimes, there was even a flurry or two to add to the fun.
Now, years later and in a far away land, Bonfire Night doesn't quite hold hold the same allure. It can be difficult to get all hyped up for a fall inspired event in a Mediterranean climate. Still, we have made the most of it over the years. And by making the most, I mean just on the cutting edge of having the fire department called. Luckily, it never came to that. All was safe and well and I usually had a nervous breakdown or two throughout the evening.
This year, we have opted for a quiet family time at home. A small "drum" fire later with some hot chocolate and maybe a sausage roll or two. Tranquillo.
Speaking of cosy times, outside fires and stuff to warm you up, this dish is a real winter warmer.
This was literally a throw together lunch for the kids the other day. I had planned on making lasagna, but to be honest, it just felt like a huge effort. Like just about near impossible to achieve. So, this dish came into play and was a huge success. I love when that happens. There are no expectations for anything special and it becomes something blog worthy and family dinner worthy. Okay, admittedly it wasn't the husband's favourite. Picky pants.
What made this so easy was having the Marinara Sauce already done and in jar on the shelf ready to go. You don't have to make your own sauce if you find it too much work, you can just buy stuff. However, I would say, that once you get into the habit of making your own, there is no going back. This uses a basic Marinara Sauce recipe but you can jazz it it up however you like with different herbs and spices. This is the one I have been making for years and years with no changes to date. If it works, don't fix it right?
Go make something hot and get cosy. Winter is coming!
Tomato & Mozzarella Baked Penne
Serves 4 - 6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 40 minutes
1/2 lb/250 Grams Penne pasta
3 Cups/720 ml Marinara Sauce
2 Cups/230 grams mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 Cup/50 grams parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 Cup/30 grams fine bread crumbs
1 Teaspoon dried oregano
Small bunch fresh chopped basil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Have ready an 8 inch round deep sided baking dish.
In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and oregano. Stir and set aside
Cook pasta according to package, drain and put back into the pot.
Add the Marinara Sauce and the fresh basil to the pasta and stir well.
Put half of the pasta into the baking dish. Evenly sprinkle over half of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining pasta. Again, evenly sprinkle over the remaining mozzarella cheese. Top with bread crumb mixture.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden. Remove from oven and leave to stand a few minutes before serving.
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