Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last Tid-Bits of Summer Casserole

The transition from summer to fall has begun.
I'm literally JUMPING FOR JOY!

I LOVE this time of year.
The crisp air change,
the cool breeze blowing through the windows, 
the swap over to yummy fall foods like
pumpkin coffee, caramel apples, mulled cider,
casseroles, butternut squash bisque,
the list goes on.

I mean, don't get me wrong,
I'm a big fan of summer fruits and veggies.
But, I also crave comfort foods 
like they're going out of style.
Just one of the reasons fall is so near and dear to my heart.

This casserole is the best of both worlds.
A little bit summer, and a little bit fall.
Zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil
combined with pasta, ricotta and feta.
Light and hearty all at the same time.

Give it a try,
I promise you'll be going back for seconds!


I've had a casserole kind of like this in the past.
But, it was made primarily with eggplant
which was equally as good as the zucchini.
So, when I found this in our local paper last week
I knew I had to give it a go.

Plus, I got to use my super duper new herb chopping scissors!
That part was the icing on the cake, these suckers are AWESOME!



Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups of grape tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, minced
12 oz. whole milk ricotta
6 oz of feta cheese
1/2 cup 2% milk
12 oz cooked and drained pasta (such as penne)
2 medium zucchini, shredded with a vegetable peeler
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup cracker crumbs (Ritz work well)
1 tablespoon cold butter, chopped

Preheat oven to 350

Heat oil in large skillet. Saute tomatoes until lightly browned (medium heat).
Add in garlic and cook for about 1 to 2 more minutes.


Mix together feta, ricotta and milk.
Once combined add remainder of ingredients, including the tomatoes.

Place into a casserole dish.



Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top along with the chopped butter, spread evenly.

Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly.

Serve!










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16 comments:

Salena @ A Little Piece of Me said...

You're killing me!!! I have never had anything like this before and I am starving over here. It looks fantastic!

Katie said...

Its amazing!

Pidg said...

Katie! You're on my list of "Lovely Blog Awards" Congratulations!!! Okay now for reals, if you're making that for dinner I'll be right over! ;)

http://pidgapeg.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-lovely-blog-awardthank-you-nay-she.html

Katie said...

Thanks bunches!!!!!! Youre so sweet ;) And yes...well, it WAS for dinner, on Sunday. It didnt last long. Suppose to make 8 servings, the two of us ate all 8. Oops!

Lacey N. said...

Umm...this looks delicious! Definitely something I am going to try.

Lacey

Skellyvision said...

The casserole looks yummy and how cool are those scissors!!

Chloe said...

Looks so tasty!!

I'm a new follower from the FNF hop. Hope you can stop by www.mamasmusingsblog.blogspot.com

Mommy Five-O said...

The casserole looks delicious. Your love for fall and halloween is pretty cute. Following from the weekend hop. Feel free to do the same www.mommyfive-o.blogspot.com

mmbear said...

Stopping by from the blog hop and now following your blog thru RSS Reader and Facebook. I would really love a follow back on both of those when you get a chance. Thanks so much for your help and have a wonderful day.

Mary@http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com

Elizabeth said...

Stopping by from Sunday Funday Hop. I am now a follower, please follow back :)

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Krista said...

I want some now! This looks so fresh, so garden good! Lol Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces. Please come back next week. Have a blessed week.

Everyday Mom's Meals

Lisa Hitzeman said...

Your casserole looks delicious. Anything with basil and fresh tomatoes is good!

I found your link at Church Supper at Everyday Mom's Meals.

Would love to have stop by my blog at www.lisasdinnertimedish.blogspot.com

Mallorie Owens said...

Thanks for linking up! This looks amazing...I will definitely be trying this :)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

This looks great! I definitely want to give those herb scissors a try. :)

Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom said...

Yum. That looks great. I think I'll try it topped with Panko, cause I'm a sucker for Panko!

The Southern Product Queen said...

This looks yum! You can also add it to my linky party or whatever post you would like! http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/20/linky-party-2/

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