In my mind, Italian food is synonymous with comfort food. When I think of a fill-your-belly-and-soul sort of meal, I think of pasta. It makes me happy. One of my favorite Italian comfort foods is Baked Pasta.
My grandmother made this dish, and she taught my mom how to prepare it. Now my mom has passed the recipe on to me. It has everything I love in a pasta dish and reminds me of being a kid again. Plus, it’s super easy. As with most of the food I make, I often customize it by adding sautéed mushrooms and ground beef or by using homemade sauce. For the most part, Italian food is simple peasant food—delicious and easy to prepare.
I think “unpretentious and tasty” describes this dish to a T. It starts with 5 simple ingredients and ends with a bubbling casserole the whole family will love.