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Cherri’s Pasta Pot Recipe

Cherri's Pasta Pot

My mom’s famous Pasta Pot recipe. For those of you in the dark, my mom made the best lasagna alternative.  I’m unsure of the origin of the original recipe, my guess is it was from a magazine or newspaper

Main Dishes: Pasta
Pasta Pot

Pasta Pot

Ingredients
Directions
Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2

Divide the macaroni noodles into three equal parts.

Step 3

Spray the pan and the lid (including the edge of the lid and pan) with Cooking spray like Pam.

Step 4

Layer the pasta like this:
- Macaroni Noodles
- Sauce
- Sour Cream
- Provolone Slices
- Macaroni Noodles
- Sauce
- Sour Cream
- Provolone Slices
- Macaroni Noodles
- Sauce
- Provolone Slices
- Mozzarella
- Parmesan Cheese

Step 5

When layering, be sure the sauce completely covers the noodles. Spreading out with a spatula.

Step 6

For the sour cream layers, start by placing dollops of the sour cream around and then, without stirring the sour cream into the sauce, spread it out with a spatula. Don't worry if you don't completely cover the sauce. You want layers of sour cream as that will make the ricotta like consistency.

This picture is of the sour cream dolloped

Step 7

This is what it looks like spread out...

Step 8

For the first two provolone layers, just make a single layer, splitting the slices to make a single layer. Save extra for the final provolone layer.

Step 9

The final provolone layer should be overlapping so that there is no sauce showing (as pictured).

Step 10

The mozzarella should be spread evenly across the top of the provolone.

Step 11

The parmesan should be spread evenly across the top of the mozzarella.

Step 12

Cover and place in preheated 375 degree oven and bake for 1 hour 45 minutes.

Step 13

Remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes to brown the top and sides (if desired).

Step 14

Serve hot.

 

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Cherri, my mom and inspiration

 

It has finally arrived… My mom’s famous Pasta Pot recipe. For those of you in the dark, my mom made the best lasagna alternative.  I’m unsure of the origin of the original recipe, my guess is it was from a magazine or newspaper.  But, she took the idea of using sour cream instead of ricotta and using something other than lasagna noodles.  Using her own sauce as the base and modifying it, this dish became one of her signature recipes that is asked for over and over again.

If you had ever came to a birthday dinner for me or my brother Jim, it is likely that we had this as our requested ‘Birthday Dinner’.


This feeds a HUGE crowd, about 20 people.  It can feed more if you have other things on the menu.  We recently served this for 15 people and had tons leftover.  We had salad, bread, broccoli and sausages served with it.  This is what was left (almost 1/2 left):

Pasta pot after 15 people
Pasta pot after 15 people

I think you’ll find that it’s more than enough for 20 if that’s all you serve. Can probably serve up to 30-40 if you have other items available or as part of a pot-luck.

So, here it is, as best as I can write it up. Enjoy!

 


Main Dishes: Pasta
Pasta Pot Sauce

Pasta Pot Sauce

Ingredients
Directions
Step 1

In large skillet, brown ground beef. If using less than 90% ground beef, drain the excess fat. Add Onion, Bell Pepper, Mushrooms (optional), Garlic, Basil, Oregano, and two dashes of salt & pepper. Simmer for two minutes.

Step 2

Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes wine, and sugar. Rinse tomato sauce & paste cans with water and add water to sauce.

Step 3

Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes. For longer simmering time, add water periodically. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Step 4

Use as the sauce for Cherri's Pasta Pot or Lasagna. Also can be served warm over pasta.


Here’s the original recipe as written in our family cookbook (which was not what my mom made):

Pasta Pot (original)

Ingredients
Directions
Step 1

Cook ground beef in a little oil in a large, deep frying pan until brown, stirring often with a fork. Drain off any excess fat.

Step 2

Add onions, garlic, spaghetti sauce, stewed tomatoes and mushrooms; mix well. Simmer for twenty minutes or until the onions are soft.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions to el dente; drain and rinse with cold water.

Step 4

Pour half of the shells in a deep casserole. Cover with half of the tomato-meat sauce, spread half of the sour cream over the sauce and top with the slices of provolone cheese. Repeat, topping with the mozzarella cheese.

Step 5

Cover the casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove
cover and continue baking until the mozzarella cheese melts and browns slightly.

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