Sandy’s Baked Macaroni

Ah, such a nostalgic 70’s dish. Use a large spoon to scoop up a serving and eat alongside garlic bread and a green, crunchy salad.

1 box ziti pasta
1-1/2 lb. ground beef
2 jars marinara sauce (I use Paul Newmann’s)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 medium-sized bag shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and take out a large baking pan, set aside.

Meanwhile, cook pasta as package directs and in a separate skillet, brown the ground beef, drain.  Into a large bowl, combine all the ingredients up to the grated cheese and mix well. Spread into large baking dish, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake about 30 minutes, until bubbly. Remove foil and bake 5 minutes longer. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Linda’s Baked Chicken

While working out the ingredients, my sweet little dog was sitting on the floor at my feet impatiently waiting for the chicken to go in the oven – chicken being his all time favorite.  Because I know that onions are lethal to dogs, I decided to change the recipe just a bit for my little Angus boy.  So, you can either omit onions or add them as you will; it baked up beautifully and deliciously both ways. This is really good hot or cold.

1)  3 1/2 – 4 lb. chicken, whole or in pieces
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning (or 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 large, whole onion peeled & sliced

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and take out a roasting pan with a rack (for the whole chicken) or a baking dish with sides for the pieces.  Rinse the chicken, pat dry, and place in the pan.

Into a large bowl, combine all the ingredients up to the onions (if using) and slowly pour and spread over the chicken.  Add 1-2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan if using a rack. Place onion slices on top and all around the chicken.

Place in the oven for 1-1/2 hours, or until done, basting occasionally.