So this was a product of those days where I wanted to do something slightly different but with minimal effort. In other words, everything would spend most of its cooking time in the oven or under the grill.
For the pasta bake, I used the following:
- Cooked spaghetti (I used about 3 quarters of a regular pack)
- sliced green, yellow and red pepper (about a cups worth)
- 8-12 cocktail tomatoes sliced in half
- half a box of 250g brown mushrooms, sliced.
- 2 cups (or more if you please) of grated cheese
- 500g pasta sauce
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius
- Grease the bottom of a deep baking dish or casserole dish with butter then pour a thin layer of pasta sauce.
- Take half the spaghetti and spread it along the base of the dish and cover it with some more pasta sauce.
- Spread the mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes on top of the sauce and cover with a cup of grated cheese.
- Spread the remaining pasta on top, then spread more pasta sauce and finish with cheese.
- Cover the dish (foil will do) and bake for 30 mins. Uncover and leave for an extra 5-10 mins then remove from the oven and enjoy!
Make sure you are generous with the pasta sauce in the middle to prevent it from being dry. It was a nice change from the usual pasta + sauce routine but not as tedious as making lasagna. Didn’t take much effort either. The combinations are endless really, meat could be added straight to the dish with the tomato if preferred but it must be cooked in some way before hand.
For the Turkey, I started by pan searing them (frying on each side on medium-high heat for 5 mins or until brown)…
Then I spread some sweet and sour sauce on them and put them in the oven for 30 mins or so (or until all the juices had evaporated from the baking dish and the meat was brown and sticky from the sauce). One word: delicious. I need more Turkey in my life!
Unfortunately the camera was extra moody so I was unable to take a picture of my meal. I had it with a cob of maize and went to bed a very happy child. I love Turkey because it’s more tender than chicken and cooks very easily. You can’t tell from the picture above however the turkey slices were quite thick but it cooked through in no time. Perfect mid week meal.