Beef and Vegetable Penne Casserole
Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://duodishes.com/2009/05/20/a-comforting-medley/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: The Duo Dishes
We are not the first ones to rediscover the comforting qualities of a good casserole. Maybe you remember the one your grandmother or mom used to make when you were younger. Perhaps it was the first dish you learned how to create yourself during the inception of your cooking trials. It could be that you just love anything that calls for tossing a bunch of food in a dish and baking it. Relatively utter simplicity. No matter, the casserole seems to stand for all things warm, homey, reassuring and soothing. It’s full of flavor, love and hopefully lots of cheese. This casserole is all of those things, including the cheese. It’s full of veggies, pasta and meat too. Each bite harks back to a mouthful of contented solace. Would you like a piece?
Note: We should invest in a deep dish baking dish. Something that’s at least 5 inches high perhaps. That way, when we go at this again, we can really pile on a few more layers. If we had had room, there would’ve been slices of eggplant, asparagus and green peppers. Unfortunately, they had to stay out of this round. Next time, it will be an even bigger vegetable extravaganza! Instead of tomatoes, we actually used a cup of leftover, defrosted marinara sauce, but you can choose whatever road you like. As usual, we tossed lots of fresh parsley on top, which never fails to please.