Hetty’s Pasta casserole.

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Hey everyone!

Enjoying my morning coffee on this wonderful Friday morning. I’ve been thinking about goals lately. Sometimes you get to a crossroad, you have to choose which way you want to go. A part of me is thinking about all my friends who travel the world, some have four kids and a minivan and are happily married. Some have degrees in business and others a Ph.D. I have no education what so ever, yet here I am climbing my own latter. I work hard every day on my writing and my blogging to get better, to reach my goals. I want to reach my goals, and in order to do that, I can’t travel the world every day. While others my age are out partying and taking care of their kids I’m in my own bubble of working hard to reach my goals. It’s not easy all the time, but in order to reach my goals, and especially with no education I need to work double as hard to reach my goals as one with an education.

Every now and then I wish I could be out partying and travel the world, but then I ask myself. What do you want the most? become a successful author one day and pro food blogger? or do you want to go out partying on the weekends? The first one always wins. I’m determined, I’m focused, I’m ambitious and I can reach my goals if I keep working hard, stay focused and never give up. I want to have a family one day, kids, a minivan and being married to the love of my life. But I’m not there yet. I haven’t found my better half yet, and all though I’m sure he’s out there somewhere I need to focus on my career for now. I’m confident that one day I will meet the love of my life and he and I will live happily ever after. But as for now, we haven’t met yet, and until I meet him I’m focusing on my career.

This was a little un-food-related. But the important thing is that you never give up on your goals. It’s important to know that you can reach your goals no matter what age you are, no matter if you have an education or not. If you are 35 y.o have no education and you want to be a chef, a lawyer or if you want to be an actor, a writer, a producer or if you want to be a teacher it’s not too late. You can get a G.E.D and apply for the education you need to reach your goal. If you want to be a writer then keep writing, get better and never stop writing. If you want to be a chef, ever stop cooking. Keep cooking, keep learning. That was today’s pep talk. Now go out into the world and reach your goals.

Back to a food-related topic. Today’s recipe is *Drum roll*  Hetty’s pasta casserole. I’m so excited about this recipe. It’s so easy to make and better yet so tasty you would want to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. I sometimes use a lot of ground beef in my cooking, it’s easy to work with, it’s cheap to buy and you can do so much with it. Today’s dish is a pasta-zucchini-ground beef casserole. I love a good casserole as much as the next man and I’m always on the hunt for a new casserole to try. If you have a good casserole you want me to try, leave a comment down below or send me an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do, I’m sure we can work something out. If there are any recipes at all you want me to try, or if you have any requests about recipe or food you want me to blog about, send me an e-mail and I’ll do my best to blog about it. In the meantime Here is today’s recipe;

Ingredients:

1 Pound of ground beef

18 oz. Marinara sauce

1-2 Cups grated cheese of your choice ( I used mozzarella in this recipe)

1/2  Zucchini

1-2 Shallots ( pending on size)

1 Clove Garlic

Pepper

All-around spice blend

Tuscan spice blend

Chili flakes

1,5 – 2 Cups penne ( boiled in salted water and as shown on the label)

Butter

EVOO ( Extra virgin Olive oil)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (  200 degrees C.)  Spray a casserole dish with a nonstick spray and put it aside for now. Peel the zucchini and cut it in half (lengthwise. ) before slicing it up. You only need half of the zucchini but you can easily put the other half in a plastic bag in the fridge and use it the next day. Peel the shallot before chopping it up.
  2. Add some butter into a skillet. When the butter has melted add in the zucchini, the shallots and one clove of minced garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes. Pour the zucchini and the shallots into a bowl and put it aside for now.
  3. Add in some butter in the same skillet that you recently cooked the vegetables in. When the butter has melted add in the ground beef. Season with all-around seasoning blend, chili flakes, Tuscan spice blend, and pepper. Let it cook until the ground beef has reached a golden brown color. While the meat is cooking boil the penne pasta like written on the label.
  4. When ground beef is cooked add it into the pre-sprayed casserole dish, mix in the zucchini and the shallots. When the pasta is ready, drain it and mix it in the casserole dish. Add in the marinara sauce. Top it off with grated cheese of your choice and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

You can easily serve this dish up with a salad and some garlic bread on the side. I really like this dish, it’s one of my favorite pasta casseroles and I often make it during the weekends. You can easily make this dish the night before and wrap some plastic wrap over it and put it in the fridge overnight. If you don’t like zucchini you can perfectly make this dish without zucchini. But since I’m a zucchini fan I really like the flavors it gives to the dish. I hope all of you like this dish as much as we.

I hope all of you are having an amazing Friday so far, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for a new post. coming up tomorrow is Hetty’s summer salad mix.

  • Hetty

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