I really dont think it gets any easier than this for a simple and delicious meal! Only four ingredients. Yep, that's it. This is my go-to dish to make on weeknights after I've had a long day at work. My kids just love it, and they are the pickiest eaters on the planet! Pasta... Cheese.... It has 'Kid-Friendly' written all over it! : )
The recipe comes from my favorite cookbook I always talk about, The Food Nanny. Her recipe calls for a homemade Alfredo sauce that she makes. It is amazing, but when I'm in a hurry and dont have a lot of time to make dinner, I just use a bottled Alfredo sauce. It works out perfectly.
I believe another reason I love The Food Nannys cookbook so much is because a lot of the book has menu planning and preparation ideas. It is what gave me the idea to plan out meals for a week or two in advance, so I always have homemade meals to make my family. I remember when I used to go to the grocery store with absolutley no idea what I was going to make for any meals. I would spend a couple hundred dollars on a bunch of odds and ends, and we would always end up eating out or grabbing fast food. It was such a waste of money.
Now before I go to the store, I will plan all of my meals and write down all the ingredients I need. I will also go through my pantry and fridge to see if I already have some of the items I'll need to prevent me from buying what I already have. It has been such a money saver! : )
Red and White Pasta
- 1 pound box Penne Pasta
- 1 (26 oz) jar meatless Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 (16 oz) jar Alfredo Sauce
- 3 cups shredded Mozzerella Cheese
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Boil and cook pasta in a large pot of water according to package directions. Drain.
In a 9x13 glass baking dish, spread 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce on bottom. Pour half of the cooked pasta on top. Pour half the alfredo sauce, half the spaghetti sauce and 1 cup of cheese evenly over pasta. Repeat with remaining pasta, sauces and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot & bubbly!