Well, that was how I felt on Monday, so I'm presenting the first installment in a new recipe segment I'm toying around with called "The Tired Gourmet." By the way, "casserole de crap" is based on a recipe my beloved Mom (RIP) concocted, and it's HER name for the dish, so if you think that "crap" is not a word that should ever be associated with anything you eat, you can just as easily tell your family you've made something called "pizza pasta." Heh. I use whole wheat pasta in this dish, and before you panic, you can't even tell.
Casserole De Crap
4) two cloves finely chopped garlic
In a large sauce pan (or pan large enough to hold meat and sauce), at medium high heat, fry beef until browned. Drain fat into a heavy duty mug or old can (I use a turkey baster to suck the fat out while I'm browning meat--just be careful as you suck it up and 'spit' it out into the cup--very hot!!!). When meat is browned, toss in chopped garlic and simmer for a few more minutes at medium heat, while continuing to stir.
Dump in jarred sauce, and 1/2 jar of water. Add finely grated carrot, basil and oregano, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and cover with one of those things people put over their simmering spaghetti sauce so it doesn't splop all over the stove. Or, put a lid half over the pan. Or, go with the mess. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours--whatever, stirring every now and again.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta for 8 minutes. In the meantime, spritz some non-stick cooking oil on a large casserole dish, and grate cheddar cheese.
Drain pasta when 8 minutes are up, and dump into casserole dish. Pour in sauce, and add cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Mix well, until all pasta is totally covered. Cover with a piece of foil--dull side out. Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour. Serve with one of those yummy store-prepared salads. Marvel at the tastiness.
serves: 3 adults, two kids, one toddler (Jack only eats pb& j sandwiches at meals), and leaves enough for tired mom or dad to have for lunch the next day. Or, if you're not greedy, freeze the rest!