Chocolate Pudding Pound Cake Dessert and Easy Pasta

Well, that was quick. Summer’s over and I’m back to work. The beginning of the school year is always so hectic I don’t do much cooking.

Luckily, we’ve eaten like royalty! One night it was Burger King and another night Dairy Queen. And then a really nice girl named Wendy fixed us something to eat.

This week I was determined to get back in the kitchen. Here’s two super easy recipes you might like.

First the dessert.

Seize the moment. Remember all the women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. ~ Erma Bombeck

Chocolate Goodie (This is just a working title. I know I can do better.)

Ingredients:

1 box of instant chocolate pudding

2 cups of whole milk

1 large container whipped topping

4 oz softened cream cheese

1 pound cake, cut in bite-sized squares

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Mix the instant pudding and milk together. Add the cream cheese and mix until smooth. Add the whipped topping. In a glass container, layer the pound cake pieces, pudding mixture and repeat two more times. Top with some reserved whipped topping and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

Easy Pasta Dish

Ingredients:

1 pound of ground beef

1/4 cup onion, diced

1/4 cup green or red pepper, diced

1 jar of  your favorite spaghetti sauce

8 oz ricotta cheese

cooked pasta of your choice (I like  penne or rigatoni.)

1 cup shredded any combination of Italian cheeses (I to use the six Italian cheese package you can find in the cheese section.)

Brown the ground beef with the green pepper and onion. Drain off the grease. Add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warm. Add the cooked pasta and cheeses and put in a large casserole pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350.

If this recipe looks vaguely familiar it’s because I’ve posted the same recipe using Italian sweet sausage instead of ground beef. My family likes the ground beef better. Whatever.

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