Every year, we make baked pasta for Christmas dinner, and this year I’ll be usin…

Every year, we make baked pasta for Christmas dinner, and this year I’ll be using midssauce to add some extra flavor and make my life a little easier! And now you have an opportunity to win a 3-month supply of my favorite jarred pasta sauce along with a $100 Amazon gift card, just in time for the holidays!!! To enter the giveaway, check out my IG Stories for details.

This is a super easy, one-pot dinner that can feed a whole family. I did a trial run of this one last weekend, and let me tell you that using Mid’s Extra Chunky Vegetable marinara put this over the top! They make small-batch sauces that are simmered for hours. The flavor and ingredient quality is incredible, and there really are large chunks of vegetable in there! Jeff thought I made it from scratch until he found the bottle in the trash.

Since the sauce itself has so much flavor, this whole dish comes together in about 30 minutes, using minimal ingredients. Here’s how to make it:

INGREDIENTS:

*1 lb 96/4 ground beef
*1 cup chopped onion
*4 ounces mushrooms, diced (optional)
*4 cloves garlic, minced
*1 32-ounce jar of Mid’s Extra Chunky Vegetable 
*2 cups water
*10 ounces dried short pasta 
*1 tsp kosher salt 
*black pepper
*couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach
*4 ounces reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
*1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400F. Brown beef and garlic together in an oven-safe skillet. Add mushrooms and onions and continue to cook unti soft, about 3-4 minutes. 

Add in sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes. 

Add water, salt, and pasta. Bring to a simmer and cook on the stove for 2 minutes. 

Add in spinach and stir until wilted. 

Top evenly with cheeses. Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking to make sure cheese isn’t burning. 

That’s it! Allow yourself a few shortcuts during the holidays, especially when you can be confident in the quality of ingredients you’re using to the rescue!

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