Pasta Casserole with Red Onion, Corn & Tomatoes

posted Nov 18, 2010, 9:52 AM by Glenn Kirbo   [ updated Nov 18, 2010, 10:19 AM ]

This is a kind of healthy but really tasty.  A big serving contains close to 50% of your fat for the day.  I think its worth it because  Taryn said "you hit it out of the park with this one".   If you don't use the low fat cheese I suggest it will probably be your entire fat allocation for the week and give you indigestion... so be careful about which cheeses you use.

5 cups pasta (we like short whole wheat noodles but you can pick your own type)
1 Cup Chopped Red Onion
1 Cup Frozen Corn off the cob
3 cloves garlic minced
1 cup chopped tomatoes
4 cups low fat shredded mozzarella
2 cups low fat sharp cheddar (Cabbot 75% reduced fat is good)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 table spoons olive oil
3 table spoons "Italian Herbs (parsley sage rosemary thyme basil".. the pre combined dried shaker at the grocery is really convenient for our purposes
1 cup crumbled Bagel Crisps or other crunchy stuff for topping

Cook the pasta then drain: just follow the instructions on the box

Pre heat the oven to 350

Oven Safe Pot:
If you have an oven safe pot, use it on the stove for the next step, if not don't worry you can just dump it all into a Pyrex dish for baking.
Add olive oil, onion garlic and corn
Saute over medium/high heat until onion becomes mostly transparent
Add tomatoes, the "Italian herbs"
Reduce to medium heat cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes soften and the herbs are well mixed in

Add the pasta
Combine the pasta and the stuff you just sauteed

Add most of the cheese:
Combine all your cheese into one bowl and then set aside about 1/4 of the combined cheese
stir 3/4 of the cheese into the pasta
Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in

Add toppings*
*If your pot is not oven safe, Transfer the pasta to a pyrex dish
Spread the bagel crisps and remaining cheese over the top.
Bake at 350 until the toppings are melted and it looks a little crispy on top... about 20 to 30 min.

Glenn Kirbo,
Nov 18, 2010, 10:14 AM
Glenn Kirbo,
Nov 18, 2010, 10:14 AM