PASTA BAKE - with Vegan/gluten free option

My Best Girlfriend from high school, Melanee Nelson (Actress/Producer), posted this on her Facebook so I just had to repost it on this site. Here is is from


"Today, I made a YUMMY
pasta bake! Use recipe below. Make it gluten free with brown rice
pasta. Make it meat-free with sliced Kalamata olives and sauteed
mushrooms. Make it dairy free with Daiya! So good!!!",2335,158181-239201,00.html


1 lb. dry pasta (I use Barilla Picolinni)
1 jar pasta sauce (your favorite)
1 jar water
2 cups shredded cheese
1 lb. ground meat, browned and drained (Beef/Turkey/Sausage)

Heat oven to 425°F.

Spray a 9 X 13-inch glass casserole and pour in the dry pasta. Pour in the jar of sauce; fill jar with water and pour over pasta, stirring well.

Add the prepared meat at this time and stir through. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and remove foil carefully. Stir well. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over top. Return to oven, uncovered, and bake for 10 more minutes. Let rest for several minutes before serving.

Serve with a tossed salad. Enjoy!

Serves 6-8.

Submitted by: Judy Shady