I’d rather swim with alligators than clean baseboards.
I’d rather run through a bee hive than clean the shower.
I’d rather give up going to thrift shops for a year than iron (ok, well maybe not that).
I’d rather cook a meal for an army of 200 than clean the oven.
I have a confession to make and I know you won’t judge me. I have never cleaned my oven (shame).
But I do love to cook. So my oven looks like a nuclear disaster and I always kick myself and ask why oh why didn’t I get a self cleaning oven?
One of our favorite messy recipes is baked ziti. It’s amazingly delish but I just take it out of the oven quickly and ignore the smoldering mess left behind in my oven.
It’s the perfect one pan dish to whip up with my girls on a Friday movie night – but boy is it messy.
- Three (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion - chopped
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 bay leaves
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 cups tomato sauce
- 2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
- 1 cup 2% low fat cottage cheese
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons grated locatelli cheese
- 1 lb ziti, cooked and drained
- 16 oz part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven
- Stir in onion and cook until translucent
- Pour in crushed tomatoes
- Add crushed red pepper flakes and bay leaves
- Season pinch of salt and a few twists of pepper
- Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer
- Cook for 30 minutes (stirring occasionally)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cook ziti according to package directions
- Heat olive oil in sauté pan
- Saute onion and garlic until tender
- Stir in tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes
- Combine ricotta, cottage cheese and eggs in a large bowl and mix well
- Add pinch of salt and pepper
- Add half of tomato sauce and cooked ziti and mix well
- Spread a little sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish
- Pour pasta mixture into baking dish
- Pour remaining sauce on top
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons locatelli cheese on top of the sauce
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes
- Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes
I’d rather spend time after dinner watching a great movie and munching on buttery popcorn – not worrying about cleaning up my oven.
My new motto: Less cleaning time = more family time!
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