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Golden Honey Mustard pasta bake 
25th-May-2008 08:28 am
There was a lonely half-used packet of macaroni hidden at the back of our pantry. And with the continuing cold weather, I felt the urge to make a pasta bake.

For those who have never had this, a pasta bake is basically a pasta mixture topped with grated cheese and baked until golden brown. I usually pour bechamel sauce on top before sprinkling cheese and breadcrumbs (for a little crunch) on top, for a creamier texture.

Pasta bakes traditionally use a larger pasta shape that can hold itself up; penne, macaroni, conchiglie or fusilli are quite suitable. This had 1 cup dried penne and 1 cup dried macaroni elbows, cooked according to packet instructions (ie. salty water until al dente). For the vegetables, I used zucchini (x3, chopped chunks), carrot (x1 large, chopped chunks) & fresh white button mushrooms (x4 sliced).

And the best part, they fridgerate well and the SO is more than happy to take a lunchbox full of it to work. Which allows me to sleep in in the mornings.

*happy sigh* Pasta bake... a housewife's perfect winter dish.
25th-May-2008 04:25 am (UTC)
That looks fabulous! When we had a working oven, pasta bake was my favorite dish to make too. Dead easy, fast, and once you chuck it in the oven, just forget about it until it's done.

(Oh and since i hate to cook, using bake sauce meant that it was also a fool proof dish!)
25th-May-2008 10:09 am (UTC)
It's such a great easy dish to make! I got lazy with this and used a jar of Chicken Tonight chicken simmer sauce. Works just as well.

You don't have a working oven?? (0_o)
25th-May-2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Well there is an oven, and it does work.... but sometimes :D
25th-May-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Well, that sucks! Even back in Singapore, we had one of those portable ovens that are just giant toasters.
25th-May-2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah this house we're in is very very old, just after the turn of the century i think. The bathroom is still in original state (and i don't mean restored original state either). While they've converted the original range kitchen to a modern one, the stove/oven combination is at least 25 years old, so it's a little... aged...
26th-May-2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
it looks SO GOOD
26th-May-2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Made better by the fact that it's easy to make. (^_-)-☆
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