Simple Baked Fiori

Recipe by BeccaB3c
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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 5-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 12
    ounces uncooked fiori pasta (or any other type you want, like ziti, bow tie, or rotini)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2
    cloves garlic, minced (medium sized, larger if you want)
  • 12
    lb lean ground beef (or 1/2 pound of Boca 'ground beef' or other beef substitute)
  • 1
    teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1
    teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1
    teaspoon dried rosemary (If you have the leaf kind, be sure to crush it a little)
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    teaspoon black pepper
  • 28
    ounces canned diced tomatoes (or two 14.5 oz)
  • 1
    cup cheddar cheese, shredded (more if desired. You can use other cheeses as well, like mozzarella)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. (while it is cooking, go to step 4)
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Spray a medium sized saucepan with the cooking spray, or if you want you can use a tsp of olive oil.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute or so over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks, and drain the liquids. (If you are using a meat substitute, like Boca, you won't have to cook it, just throw it in and add a few tablespoons of water) Keep the pan at medium heat.
  • Add the thyme, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir to coat the beef, and cook for another minute or so.
  • Add the tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Then, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes (or until you are ready to place it into the dish) Spoon a small amount of the mixture into the bottom of a 4- quart casserole dish (this should be barely enough to cover the surface).
  • Top with half of the cooked pasta, and then layer half of the tomato mixture over the pasta, then layer half of the cheese.
  • Layer the remaining pasta on top, and top the pasta with the remaining sauce (the sauce may be liquidy, so just pour it on) and cheese. I always just use enough cheese to make each layer, so it is probably going to be more than the 1 cup.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. (During the last couple of minutes I take off the foil.)
  • Enjoy!
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