Cheesy Ziti with Glazed Carrots

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 20, 2009

I had to make a little change in the menu plan!  I could NOT cook the Italian sausage.  Just couldn’t stomach it!  So I left it out!  I intended on making an Italian Sausage Ziti I similar to Carrie’s.  What we ended up with was a “cheesy” Ziti.  Was craving cheese and pasta!  So that’s what we’ll have!  And sorry I don’t have a pict.  “Battery exhausted” was the message I got when I went to upload the photo :(

Ingredients
1 lb Ziti noodles ($1) Use rice pasta if GF
(1/2 lb ground Italian sausage ($1.58))
1 Tbsp butter or olive oil ($.10)
1 Tbsp flour ($.01)
1-2 cups of milk ($.12)
1 tsp Italian seasonings ($.05)
Salt/Pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese ($.35)
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese ($.75) On sale for $1.50/2 cups this week!
6 carrot stalks (FREE) I had a $1 coupon for Earthbound organic product and EB organic carrots are only $.88/bag at Walmart!!!  If you ever see coupons for fresh produce, snag them and USE them!!!

Directions
1. Cook ziti noodles according to package instructions. Drain and place in 9×13 baking pan.
2. In skillet, make a homemade white sauce using butter or olive oil, flour and milk. Add Italian seasonings, salt and pepper and parmesan cheese to the white sauce. Let cook until desired consistency. (For a GFCF version of this sauce, click here.)
(2.5 If you wish to add Italian sausage to this recipe, simply brown the ground sausage and drain off any liquids. Add the browned sausage in with the pasta in the baking dish.)
3. Pour homemade white sauce of the ziti noodles in the baking dish.  Stir sauce through the noodles (and sausage).  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, allowing cheese time to melt!
4. Peel and slice carrots into thin circles. Place into a small saucepan with 1/2-1 cup of water. Drizzle with agave syrup or maple syrup. Cook carrots for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain water and serve.
5. Serve Cheesy Ziti with Glazed Carrots.

Cost $3.96

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Jennifer April 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I made the most FABULOUS dinner tonight… and it was also CHEESE and PASTA! :) I used the Cooking Light recipe for fettucinne alfredo and added some sauteed shrimp. Delicious! It’s totally $5 dinner worthy, especially when you get a good deal on cheese.

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Kelly Lininger April 20, 2009 at 11:51 pm

I am loving your recipes…. Whenever I can’t think up something to make.. I check your blog out….

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Amy April 20, 2009 at 11:51 pm

That is right up my alley!! :) YUM

Now why is it I always need milk when I don’t have it and don’t use milk when I do have it.. *sigh*

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tracy in NW Ohio April 21, 2009 at 9:01 am

I LOVE produce coupons. I had found one for a box of clemintines a few weeks back. Then I found them on sale! I was the happiest woman in that moment.

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Julie April 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

I’m new to this website, but I do have a great tip. Instead of using milk out of the jug. I buy powdered milk, works great in any dish and is less expensive in the long run.

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The Thrifty Mama April 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Yum! We made this tonight and it was good. I didn’t make enough sauce though, so next time I know I need to make more! Thanks Erin.

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Jill April 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Made this tonight (actually a double batch). Made some for us and a dish for my friend who is driving from Texas to Vegas. Stuck it in her fridge so she doesn’t have to cook when she gets home tomorrow. It was great!

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Liz@Hoosier Homemade April 23, 2009 at 7:22 am

That sounds really good. It good to know that Walmart has Earthbound, I have a coupon too. Thanks for hosting!
~Liz

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Nancy May 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Made it last night! It was a huge hit with everyone! We added Farmer John’s Sausage and tasted yummy! My 1 year old twins loved it to! It was quick, easy and super yummy! I love your recipes! Keep them coming!

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Claressa Talley September 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Where do you get produce coupons? Also I was wondering can you use numerous coupons for 1 item?

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sillygeese December 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Most stores its one coupon per item, but some stores allow one “store” coupon plus one “manufacturer” coupon per item. You’ll have to your stores for there coupon policy.

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