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Economical main dish #2

I know I said in my last post that I would be posting some ground beef recipes, but then I remembered this tasty dish. 🙂 I saw a recipe similar to this awhile back and tweaked it to my taste. It is very colorful and delicious.

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Oven-Roasted Pasta Primavera

1 medium zucchini, sliced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or quartered
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium red or yellow pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
12 oz. smoked sausage sliced
8 oz. dry pasta
Parmesan cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place vegetables in a large shallow roasting pan. Add oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Bake 15 mins. and then stir and add sausage. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package directions. Top the cooked pasta with the sausage and vegetables and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4-6 servings.

This reminds me of another tip I have been wanting to share. Until just the last couple of years the only Parmesan cheese I ever purchased was in a green can. While this was O.K. and helped with a tight grocery budget I have discovered that freshly grated Parmesan is tastier. It is quite expensive and I had worried that it might mold and have to be thrown out before I would use it all. I have learned that since it is a very dry cheese it keeps quite well for several months. I buy a large wedge and then cut off a small piece that is more manageable for handling and then wrap the pieces in plastic wrap. I have not yet had to throw any away. So, if you can afford the initial investment I would encourage you to take the plunge.

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On Sunday Mark, Katie, Ryan, and Nora came over for lunch. Unfortunately, Topher had to work. We all enjoyed seeing Ryan who is now eight weeks old, weighs about thirteen pounds and has been sleeping through the night.

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While he was here he ate, slept, and had a much needed diaper change. We had set up the pack'n play in case it was needed for a nap. I started taking it down Wednesday while I was fixing supper, but didn't finish. When we returned from church we kept hearing muffled meows and Clementine had jumped in and since the upper layer was partially unhooked she landed in the bottom and couldn't climb or jump out. Here is a fuzzy shot of a ruffled cat:

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