For the next several weeks, I on want to focus on hearty, yummy, home cooked dinners. Soups, pasta, rolls etc. Dinner around the kitchen table is a big part of my family's life and when the food tastes great who doesn't want to sit down and visit. Pasta Alforno is a dinner staple. My husband taught me this recipe and over the years I have tweaked the original recipe, just slightly.
Although homemade pasta sauce, like my mom makes is delicious, I make this quicker version and it still tastes amazing. Start out with your favorite pasta sauce. I use 1-2 jars of Barilla marinara sauce, then I add my own homegrown stewed tomatoes (1-2 bags). Let sauce and tomatoes simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add some of your favorite cheeses: romano, gouda, mozzarella or parmesan. You pick.
1/2 cup to a full cup of heavy cream. This makes a creamy (less acidic) sauce. I first add a 1/2 cup and then go up from there. Continue stirring.
I also add a pound of browned ground beef. A few bay leaves, a dash of oregano, italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Mix pasta and sauce in a large bowl until pasta is covered with sauce. Pour pasta into a 9 by 13 pan add a little cheese to the top and cover with tin foil. Cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Alforno is an italian word for baked! Enjoy!