We recently had a party, and Chef Boyardee was the chef. Well, he provided some of the food anyway, I did the actual cooking, and got to wear my first chef’s hat while doing it. I invited some friends and their children over for a small get together of about a dozen or so people, and we had a great time doing crafts, playing games with the children, and making some quick and easy kid-friendly meals and snacks to enjoy with the kidlets, including a delicious Three Cheese Baked Ziti Recipe.
I usually make our meals from scratch, but I have to admit having some of the products ready made cooking a family meal super convenient and quick. I was able to spend more time sitting with the guests and children, and less time in the kitchen, which my friends liked also (they always complain they barely get to see me even when they are visiting my home for dinner). This was my first time trying out Chef Boyardee, which is known for hearty pasta meals with meat, ripe tomatoes, and no preservatives.
Our party kit, in addition to our aprons and chef hat, included a children’s cooking set with plastic measuring spoons, a timer, and containers, a stackable rainbow mixing bowl set and two mini-bakeware items from Le Creuset, which I used to make our recipes of Baked Ziti and Ravioli Lasagna that evening.
Easy Three Cheese Baked Ziti Recipe
1 lb browned ground beef
1 can diced tomatoes
1 pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Mix tomatoes, pepper, and garlic together in a bowl, and add in the ground beef. Stir together and place in oven-safe baking dish.
3. Mix the three cheeses together and spread over Beefaroni mix.
4. Bake for twenty minutes at 375.
5. Let Baked Ziti cool for five minutes before serving with crisp bread…enjoy!
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I wrote this review while participating in a In Home Party campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chef Boyardee and received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.