Restaurant at Home: Italian

For New Year’s Eve, our family celebrated at an Italian restaurant downtown. The walls are cluttered with antique looking photos and memorabilia reminiscent of decorations that might be in someone’s home. The large portion sizes also reinforce the idea that you should enjoy the experience with family and friends

           This Colossal Brownie Sunday sits about a foot tall on the table and literally feeds a family of 4!

The food was delicious and inspired me to try to make one of the pasta dishes (but in a much smaller portion size).

Try out this Baked Ziti recipe:

2 serving dinner:
1/3 box of ziti
4oz of pasta sauce
1cup Italian blend shredded cheese
1 tbsp. fresh or freeze-dried basil
1/8 tsp. garlic
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
Cook pasta following directions on box
Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and preheat oven to 375 degrees
Drain pasta, mix with pasta sauce and 1/2cup of the shredded cheese
Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 20 minutes 

Uncover, top with the other 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and the mixed spices
Cook for 5 more minutes
Serve and enjoy!

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