4 Sep

Confession:  I’m a waster.  Well I used to be a waster, but now I’m a waster in recovery.  I have a bad habit of cooking too much.  This is rooted in my fear of not having enough.  My husband does the same thing. So when we had macaroni with tomato sauce and sausages it’s no surprise we were left with this.

Macaroni with tomato sauce and no sausages.  Now normally this would sit in the fridge and I’d look at it when I was making lunch or dinner and think to myself that I didn’t want to have that again.  Then come garbage night it would get tossed.  Well as I said I’m in recovery from wasting.  I had to find a use for this or I’d lose my 30 day chip!

Ziti + tomato sauce = Baked ziti!  I just needed to add a little cheese and I had a whole new meal.

Normally I would add parsley, salt, and a scrambled egg to the ricotta cheese and mix that all up together before I added it to the macaroni, but I ran out of eggs and wasn’t getting another grocery delivery (I’ll talk about that in another post) until the next day.  So I just added the ricotta right to the macaroni.

Then I salted it, added a handful of shredded mozzarella, a palmful of grated parmesan, parsley (no measuring, just till it looks pretty), and stirred it all up.

I dumped the mixture into a baking dish that was sprayed with cooking spray.  It needed a little bit more moisture so I opened up a can of tomato sauce and threw some oregano, salt, and garlic powder in it and poured that over the top.  Of course, I finished it off with some more shredded mozzarella.

It baked at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Again, until it looked pretty

And that was it.  I served it with fresh salad and everyone was happy. If I had Italian bread I would have added that to the dinner too, but it was just fine as it was.  We called this Pizza Macaroni for my 2 year old’s benefit and he gobbled it all up!

But I had one problem…I was left with this…

Come back to see what I did with the leftover tomato sauce!


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