for family meals :
Favorite Noodle Bake
recipe comes from The Rush
Hour Cook - Brook
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!
you would like to find out more or purchase any
of the books <click
Five Rules of Rush HourRecipes
ingredients should be able to be pronounced
accurately through the phonetic use of the English
ingredient can be located in the market without
engaging in a full scale scavenger hunt.
list of ingredients shall be longer than the
recipe has to be durable enough to survive me,
the Queen-of-Incapable Cooking, and elicit a
compliment at meals end.
finicky child will eat itor some portion
of it. Ive learned not to be too picky
on this one. I often break out part of the recipe
and prepare it separately to her liking.
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!"
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
oven to 350º. Cook pasta according to directions.
While pasta is cooking, brown beef over medium
heat in a nonstick skillet. Drain.
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.
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
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.
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'.
The Rush Hour Cook
Brook Noel, The Rush Hour Cook