Today has been one of those days. You know, one of those days that mean that dinner was a mere afterthought and the thought of cooking nearly has me dialling the takeaway.
In addition to all the blog related stuff that has been a bit crazy today, I thought I’d venture out to Costco to pick up ‘a few’ things for the big Easter/Birthday party this Sunday. It seems as though the whole of Sydney had the same idea. I’ve honestly not seen this many people at Costco since it opened. Those gigantic trolleys are so cumbersome to manoeuvre around people randomly darting left and right, particularly with larger than normal crowds. Somehow though, I managed to fill my trolley up to the brim with stuff.
As I was packing away all the items in my car, it suddenly dawned on me, how on earth was I going to get all these heavy things up my stairs and into my house all on my own? I realised that I was the only sucker there who had come on their own. Most people were in groups or pairs. Anyhow, I did it. Well mostly, the non-refrigerated stuff is still sitting on my formal dining table.
Onto my Last Minute Pasta Bake. Whilst I was at Costco, I picked up several jars of pasta sauce (you can’t just buy one) and a couple of packets of fresh ravioli (mine happened to be pumpkin flavoured). Instead of boiling the pasta and cooking the sauce separately, it’s even easier and less messy to combine them in a baking dish with some cheese to make a pasta bake. It’s barely a recipe, but you know what, it works and it’s tasty. And it’s just the right thing for when you have one of those days.
2 packets fresh ravioli (any flavour you like)
1 large jar pasta sauce
1/2 jar water
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Tumble out the ravioli into a standard baking tray.
Pour over the pasta sauce along with half a jar of water. It’s the water that will be absorbed into the pasta as it cooks.
Sprinkle the cheese on top and stir through.
Bake, uncovered, for around 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on it because ovens vary in how they bake. You may need to stir it once or twice to prevent any bits of pasta that are sticking out from getting too crunchy.
Incredibly easy, only one pan to wash and happy little kids at dinner time. Enjoy!
Do you have a cheat’s dinner when you’re having one of those days?