I help with cooking the youth group meals each week and I wanted to share with you this simple and easy recipe for baked cavatelli. This goes over so well with the youth group. They really love it and I love making it because it is so easy.
2 cups UNCOOKED rotini pasta
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 - 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 - 8 oz. bag shredded mozzarella
Pepperoni pieces (optional)
Mix the UNCOOKED rotini pasta, ground beef, tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Add about 1/2 cup water. Add pepperoni pieces if desired. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with italian seasoning. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. Top with the cheese and bake another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and pasta is tender.
I am making this on Sunday for our youth group and I will be donating the food from my pantry and freezer. I need to put together 6 pans and here is what I am calculating this will cost per pan.
1 lb. Boxes of rotini pasta purchased @ 69 cents
Jars of spaghetti sauce @ 75 cents
Mozzarella cheese @ $1.00
Diced tomatoes @ 33 cents
1 lb. Hamburger purchased @ 80 cents (BIG sale in February of this year)
Add this up and you can see how little each pan will cost. This is why I shop sales and use coupons, not only for myself but so that I can also save our church money.
I will add to this day old loaves of italian bread purchased for around 90 cents each and we will have apple slices (apples already donated by someone) and ice cream (donated also). The only thing the church will need to purchase will be 2 gallons of milk and the bread. This will serve around 40 people.
So, again, when you shop sales and get great deals, think about how you can donate some of those items perhaps to your church for meals or to a food pantry or other charity.