I found this pretty cheesy recipe from Pinterest and gave it a try last night. I’ve got no real cute anecdote to go with it so onward:
Two Timin’ Pasta
Recipe can be found at the original source here or transcribed below.
- 1 Box Penne Pasta
- 1 15-oz jar Alfredo Sauce
- 1 24-oz jar Marinara Sauce
- 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
- 1 cup Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 350.
Cook pasta according to directions and drain.
Mix the Alfredo and Marinara sauces together in a large bowl (ok – I did the lazy way and just mixed them in the 9×13 casserole. Didn’t think it was worth dirtying another bowl). Add the mozzarella and stir to combine.
Add in the penne and toss to coat.
Pour into 9×13 baking dish (unless you’re already there like I was) and cook for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven, sprinkle with shredded parmesan, and bake for another 5.
So I picked this recipe because the pin on Pinterest said “just like Olive Garden 4 cheese Ziti al Forna!!!!!”. I was skeptical, particularly when I opened the link and saw that it’s just mozzarella and parmesan cheeses rather than the 4 used by Olive Garden. And the original post itself doesn’t mention Ziti al Forna at all so not sure where that comment came from.
Skepticism aside, I figured either way, why not – particularly when I saw I had ShopRite 3 cheese tomoto sauce and Classico 4 cheese alfredo on hand to boost up the cheesy factor.
Well definitely not like the 4 Cheese Ziti al Forna – but definitely good nonetheless.
The recipe gave Boyfriend and I enough for dinner, seconds at dinnertime for both of us, and leftovers for both to bring to work for lunch. For those who’re better at portion control than either of us are, this could go a long way.
Only criticism I have is with the parmesan on top. A full cup was too much for my taste. Next time I would probably just take it out and sprinkle whatever cheese we each want on top after it’s been scooped to bowls.
I think I’ll definitely be adding this as an alternative for when we’re bored of either marinara or alfredo, both together is different and pretty tasty.