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Recipe for family meals :

Sammy's Favorite Noodle Bake

This recipe comes from The Rush Hour Cook - Brook Noel, the Queen of non-domesticity and incapable-cooking.

Brook Noel is the Chief Executive Officer at Champion Press, a seven year old publishing house specialising in cooking, education and lifestyle titles. Her work-to-date includes eight books covering family, parenting issues and self-help. The Rush Hour Cookseries marks her first timid footsteps into the world of cookbooks!

If you would like to find out more or purchase any of the books <click here>

The Five Rules of Rush HourRecipes

  1. All ingredients should be able to be pronounced accurately through the phonetic use of the English Language.
  2. Each ingredient can be located in the market without engaging in a full scale scavenger hunt.
  3. No list of ingredients shall be longer than the instructions.
  4. Each recipe has to be durable enough to survive me, the Queen-of-Incapable Cooking, and elicit a compliment at meal’s end.
  5. My finicky child will eat it—or some portion of it. I’ve learned not to be too picky on this one. I often break out part of the recipe and prepare it separately to her liking.

"Before I became the Rush Hour Cook, there were two recipes that my family would actually request that I prepare (the rest of the time they banned me from the kitchen). Below, you'll find one of them!"


1 packet of penne pasta
1 container fat-free ricotta cheese
1 bag of part-skimmed mozzarella cheese
1 pound lean ground beef
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar pre-pared spaghetti sauce (Ragu, etc.)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms

  • Preheat oven to 350º. Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking, brown beef over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Drain.
  • Add mushrooms, onion and garlic. Return to heat and cook for 2 - 3 more minutes or until onion is transparent. Add the jar of spaghetti sauce and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. While this is simmering, combine container of ricotta cheese and chosen quantity of your mozzarella cheese in a bowl.
  • Drain noodles. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and then layer your ingredients, beginning with a pasta layer on the bottom. Cover with meat, then cheese. Repeat layers. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with additional mozzarella cheese and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with a warm loaf of French bread.

If kids will be dining with you this evening, this is your last chance to reserve some browned beef to keep separate from the forthcoming onion, mushrooms, and garlic. I usually reserve 1/2 cup for my daughter, and then mix and bake hers separately. If your child is a spaghetti lover, consider making this recipe for the adults and reserving some noodles and plain sauce for a spaghetti plate.

This is a great recipe for freezing as well. I usually divide the bake into two dishes. I cook one and then package the other for the freezer. You can also purchase individual-serving-size aluminum tins at your local grocer. Use these tins to make individual bake servings that can be cooked up for lunch or on nights when people are 'eating on the run'.

Brook Noel
The Rush Hour Cook

© Brook Noel, The Rush Hour Cook