Gourmet Galley: Saturday Night Pasta

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saturday Night Pasta dish comes together quickly, making it a perfect choice when the summer schedule is hectic.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saturday Night Pasta dish comes together quickly, making it a perfect choice when the summer schedule is hectic.

By Corinne Cook

Looks like summer schedules are already getting hectic. There’s the usual work, meetings, ball practices, kid sleepovers and hopefully a trip to the camp or beach to fit into already busy times.

Having a meal that everyone likes and one that can be made ahead of time is important.

This is one of those creamy pasta recipes topped with a nicely flavored ground-beef mixture that everyone likes. While it’s heating, you have time to toss a green salad or steam fresh squash or zucchini.

This can be layered with the meat on top or layer the meat mixture between the mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese layers for more of a lasagna-type dish.

Corinne Cook is a columnist for The Advocate. Reach her at food@theadvocate.com.