Isn’t this a beauty? It didn’t only look good – it tasted fabulous! It’s one of those simple dishes that you might overlook because of its simplicity but trust me, it’s worth checking out. And no matter how many casserole recipes you have, and have made – I suggest give this one a try anyway. I promise you won’t be disappointed! And don’t be deterred by my beautiful aluminum foil pan – this was for a friend that had surgery and needed to be transportable and disposable.
While I was putting this together, thought about some things Dr. Tae Yun Kim has said that keeps sticking in my mind (and I love that it does.)
“Just as you put energy into your food when you grow it or prepare it, you also fill your environment with your energy. A room full of people creates an energy field that can be positive or negative, depending on everyone’s intent.” (The Silent Master, page 76)
Well, I certainly put a lot of love into this dish and to everyone around me!
To recreate it, start with either a nice steak, or if you need to watch your budget, you can use stew beef.
First, in a little oil of your choice, saute your meat of choice briefly, and add ground garlic and cut up onions. Stir fry until just barely starting to get tender, then add other veggies of your choice. Here is what I used:
Add a couple of jars good quality tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce, and let it heat up. Add some hot red pepper, I used some very spicy Korean red pepper powder, and it took this dish over the top!
While you are sauteing the meat, start boiling water for your pasta. I love small shells, so that is what I used, but you can use maccaroni or whatever pasta you prefer. If you are gluten-free, like me, make sure you get gluten free pasta and cook according to the directions on the package.
Cook pasta until it still has a good “bite” in the middle, drain and rinse briefly. Preheat oven to 350.
In an oven proof casserole dish, put a layer of the meat-veggie sauce, then add a layer of pasta. Put some grated cheese on top, or if you prefer, dot with spoonfuls of cream cheese with herbs. Add the rest of the sauce, and put in the oven for about 20 minutes or completely heated through. Just before done, you can sprinkle more grated cheese on top – serve right after the cheese has melted. Good luck and Guten Appetit! Or, with Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s immortal encouraging words, “Dig it in! Enjoy!”