two skinny jenkins

090413 – baked gigantoni
090413, 10:33 pm
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this was originally intended to be an omnivorous dish, with pepperoni, but i left think it was very tasty without. The way i made the recipe it should yield 1 (big) dinner and two lunches for two active people.  It took a little while to cook, but there is so little prep time that i got in 20 miles on the trainer while making dinner!


  • 1/2 package of gigantoni (or ziti)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 24 oz. jar pasta sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • dash of red pepper (probably 1 t)
  • 18 oz. part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese


  1. combine sauce, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic and pepper in medium saucepan and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. cook pasta al dente according to directions, drain, and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  3. preheat oven to 350°  and combine cooked pasta with ricotta cheese, 1/2 C mozzarella, and 1/2 of sauce in a baking dish.  Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  4. bake for 30 min. and let cool for 10 (perfect time to make side salad).

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