Salsa Pasta

0325151833a (2)It’s cold and snowy out today, so the wood stove has a fire burning, the house feels toasty and warm, and I know Jack’s going to want some comfort food for dinner.  Tonight we’re having pasta with a twist.  It’s what I call Salsa Pasta!

I started making Salsa Pasta when my kids were little.  It’s super simple, very tasty, and is a nice variation from traditional pasta with red sauce.  All you need to make it is 16 oz pasta of your choice (I used mini penne tonight), 2 cans regular tomato sauce, about 2 cups salsa or picante sauce (I used medium hotness), 1 pound hamburger (you could skip this if you want a meatless pasta) and some mozzarella cheese.

0325151737 (2)Brown your hamburger and drain it well.  Put it back into skillet and add the tomato sauce and salsa.  Cover and simmer. While meat sauce is simmering, cook pasta until al dente (I actually under-cook mine just a bit because it will finish cooking in the oven).  Drain pasta and add it to the meat sauce mixture.  Stir until evenly coated.0325151806 (2)

Spray a 13″ x 9″ pan with cooking oil and pour pasta, meat, and sauce mixture into dish.  Cover with cheese and lightly cover with foil.  Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes.  Top with a little more cheese and serve.  Enjoy!

Note: This makes enough for about 6-8 servings depending on serving size and it reheats well.

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