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Makes My Monday: Family Meals

We often don’t eat as a family since Mike doesn’t get home until after 7 on the days he works (I feed the kids early and then Mike and I get a quiet meal after the kids are in bed). We try to make weekends family meal times…However, if I’ve taken the time to make something, many times one or more of the kids won’t touch it. (heartbreaking!!)

I made a Pasta Bake for dinner last night…and everyone asked for seconds 🙂

I wish I had thought to take a picture *before* we had eaten most of it…

A dish that the whole family will eat Makes My Monday!!

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)


Prego used to have specially marked jars for Pasta Bake. I was so disappointed when they stopped making it – until I realized that if I could recall the actual recipe, I could just use a regular ol’ jar of pasta sauce! So…here you go. Enjoy!

Pasta Bake


  • 1 box of pasta – UNcooked (I use the curly, hollow pasta, Cellentani)
  • 1 Jar spaghetti sauce (I use Prego Traditional)
  • 1 spaghetti sauce jar filled with water
  • 2 – 3 cups of shredded cheese (I use a cheddar/mozzarella mix; sometimes I add Parmesan too)
  • Meatballs – cooked (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Put the pasta, sauce, and water into a 9X13 pan. Stir. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Stir. Add meatballs and cheese. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes.

(I usually just get the frozen meatballs and pop them into the oven beside the pasta during step 2.)

2 Responses

  1. Sounds like the winner it seems to be! We used to have the same routine, but this tear Hunter is often home earlier – makes a huge difference.

  2. I think I have made this same yummy pasta bake! The kids did love it here too 🙂

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