Sunday, November 20, 2011

Easy & Nutritious No-Stick Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe a Dinner Hit With Kids, Moms + GIVEAWAY

Good Food
Plus Pam's Cooking Spray, Hunt's Giveaway, Ends 12/27/11

From Gingerbread Houses to Homemade Cheese Raviolis made with an old-fashioned hand crank pasta machine, readers know that food, fun and kids always go great together -- whether you are cooking or baking for or with your children. So, when I was invited as a mommy blogger to try out and document our family's experiences with the new and improved Pam Cooking Spray, a ConAgra Foods brand, I was excited to participate in the challenge

To put Pam's new formulation to the test, instead of choosing one of the great recipes in the booklet the brand sent me I decided to make my own original Easy Baked Rigatoni pictured below (note: You can make the recipe here with whatever pasta you like). This is definitely kid friendly and a family favorite at our house.
Mommy's Baked Rigatoni
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

This dish is unbelievably easy and fast to assemble and bake because it requires just four ingredients: pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, and cheese. It's also smart -- I learned from this experience  -- to add a fifth ingredient that will minimize clean-up later: Pam spray so it doesn't stick to the pan. Believe me, that last little step is going to make it a snap to clean up if your own experience is anything like mine was. Here's my recipe for you to make for your own family.

Baked Rigatoni Casserole
Serves 6

1 lb. box of pasta of your choice
Half jar of your favorite seasoned spaghetti sauce
One 14.5 oz can of Hunt's Diced Tomatoes
1 c. shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
Pam Cooking Spray

Before you begin, set out all your ingredients. Prepare a 13 x 9 baking pan or similar size casserole dish by lightly spraying with Pam -- which has no cholesterol and only 1 calorie per 1-second spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

To make the pasta, boil according to directions on the package box, drain well.

Carefully transfer hot, cooked pasta to your baking dish. In a separate bowl mix the canned tomatoes with a half jar of sauce (approximately 1 cup), then spoon this mixture over the top of the pasta.

Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes. When time is up, take the casserole dish out of the oven and remove the foil. Scatter the shredded cheese evenly over the top and return to the oven to finish baking, uncovered, until the cheese melts (about 8-10 minutes).
L to R: Before, during, and after the MBE Pam Cooking Spray Test
iPhone by Janis Brett Elspas,

Serve with a fresh green salad and enjoy. It's really that easy to make, eat and clean up!

Pam Cooking Spray and Hunt's Tomatoes are brands owned by ConAgra Foods.

Pam Cooking Spray & Hunt's Brands 
Ends 12/27/11

iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,


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Contest ends December 27, 2011 and is open to legal residents of the U.S. only. One winner will be selected at random from all entries received and will be notified via Direct Mail to your Twitter address.

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  1. I wish this wasn't just US - I would've love to win.

  2. subscribed today -

  3. looks like im a day late & a can of Pam short to enter this giveaway.
    Wish I had seen this giveaway days ago, I love Pam and use it everyday!
    Happy New Year Everyone!