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February 28, 2010

Good Food, Good Wine & Good Friends ~ Rigatoni & Tri tip

Last night we had some good friends over for dinner. I decided to make some rigatoni because it can be prepared in advance and just put in the oven to bake when guests arrive, leaving more time to visit with your guests. So simple to prepare. Salt the water.....

Bring to a boil..... Add 1/2 pound rigatoni (I normally use 100% Whole Wheat but I couldn't find it at the grocery store this time around) boil according to package..... Brown one pound of Natural Beef and drain fat (I usually add an onion to this as well, but not this time)...... Add pasta sauce to heat through...... Okay, I didn't make the sauce..... Begin your layers - meat sauce....... Rigatoni..... Low-fat Mozzarella cheese...... Meat sauce and repeat all over, top with some Parmesan cheese...... When you're ready to eat, place in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.....Finished

YUM! Went very well with barbecued Tri tip, SO GOOD..... And Seghesio Cabernet ~ Thanks Brian & Teri!....... And dessert from Sift Cupcakery ~ Thanks again Brian & Teri!.... Red Velvet and Snickerdoodle = HEAVENLY (the four kids shared the chocolate ones and were gone in about a 1/2 second)..... My favorite.... Leftover Snickerdoodle (mmmm, breakfast)... A gift from our gracious guests..... We'll be having left overs tonight. What are you having?? Happy Sunday!

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