Thursday, February 25, 2016

Why I won't go fully gluten free.

This meal right here is one of my all time favorite meals ever! 
Jumbo pasta stuffed with meat and cheese. 
This time I cooked hamburger meat and ground turkey. In the past I have also added ground pork to add more flavor and that taste amazing too. I mix the hamburger and turkey meat because it is more cost efficient for my family of 7. I would like to only buy the grass fed organic beef but that cost a lot so added the ground turkey still is a healthy option that spreads the meal out more. 

Today I cooked both meats in the same pan ( about 1 lb each, it makes two large serving..remember....large family)  and added salt and pepper to taste and a sprinkle of dried herbs. I just use whatever I have on hand. This time it was rosemary, oregano, basil, and parsley. 

Once it was fully cooked I drained the grease ( hardly any bc leans meats) and added the meat into another pan so it could cool completely. 

In the meantime I shredded a few different kind of cheese. 

I also started a large pot of water and added a pinch of salt. Once it was boiling I added my jumbo pasta. When it was cooked al'denta I immediately put it in ice cold water to stop the cooking and to completely cool it down. 
You do not want to fully cook it because it will go into the oven to finish cooking. After a couple of mins drain out water. 

When the meat has cooled and the pasta is drained you can start the stuffing process. 

A spoon works great but using your (clean) hands works even better. 

Layer the pasta into a casserole dish and sprinkle cheese on top 

And then pour spaghetti sauce. I just used a jarred one from Aldi's and only used half the jar. My kids do not like a lot of sauce. You can add the full jar of you like. 

Lastly cover with lid or aluminum and place in a 350* pre-heated oven for about 20 to 30 mins until cheese is fully melted. 
I made an extra batch to freeze because of my up-coming back surgery. I have not frozen it before so I am hoping it works perfectly. 

Once it is fully heated through take out and serve it up 

This meal is so yummy and such a hit in my house that it is why I can't fully go gluten free
But...
If they ever make these jumbo noodles gluten free then I would be one more step closer.