Simple Dinner

This is a great, easy dinner for non-meat eaters (I chose to make it with chicken meatballs this time). I ordered this delicious dish in Little Italy in Boston and it was so yummy! My version isn't as exquisite but I am sure if the chef in Little Italy had two kids underfoot at all times his would taste like mine, too.

Baked Ricotta Pasta

Box of Penne (the restaurant used a large, elbow macaroni that I have yet to find)
Homemade or Jar tomato sauce
And if you want to add meat:
Ground Chicken
Handful of basil and parsley
Crushed garlic
Salt and Pepper

Boil water, salt, add pasta- cook until al dente.

Warm sauce, add whatever you like to make it special. I added finely chopped spinach so I wouldn't have to make a veggie side dish. Lazy and smart!

For meat lov-ahs: Combine ground chicken, garlic, chopped basil and parsley, salt and pepper. Roll into small meatballs (slightly larger than an olive). Drizzle olive oil in a pan, cook meatballs on medium heat, turning often to evenly cook (I place a lid on to help distribute the heat from time to time).

Drain noodles. Put back in pot, add a cup of sauce and toss. Oil a casserole dish. Pour sauced noodles into casserole dish. Add rest of sauce on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Add large scoops of ricotta all over the top. Bake for 10-15 minutes (enough to heat everything together and melt the ricotta slightly). Remove from oven, add meatballs, sprinkle with more Parmesan. Eat it up!!

So good and comforting!


  1. That looks great. I'm always looking for yummy dinners.

  2. Thanks for this. I never know what to make for dinner.


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