Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This dish sure brings back memories. The first time I prepared it, I was living in a different city and trying to juggle graduate school and two jobs. It wasn't easy, and I never finished grad school. But...I did do a lot of cooking during that time. With two hungry male roommates and their friend who visited often (and near dinner time, too!), I always had an audience to cook for. A LOT of Hamburger Helper® was consumed during that year, but on the weekends I liked to break out the casseroles or Paula Deen recipes--which were always a hit.
This week's My Girl, Paula! selection is Baked Pasta Florentine. It's a delicious but hearty dish, so plan on having leftovers. I normally divide the casserole into two smaller dishes and freeze one for those busy days when you're short on time but still want a home-cooked meal. The recipe may be found here or on page 70 of Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons, Too! cookbook. Don't be scared off by the amount of oil; just reduce it if you're concerned. I actually use butter (Paula would be proud!), but in half the amount called for. Enjoy!