Baked Macaroni with Goat Cheese Tomato Sauce

I just had the meltdown of the century over this dish.

Now, normally I am not someone who has meltdowns. I try to be calm and cool and not throw things or raise my voice. Well, for whatever reason, I was not in the mood to deal with this series of events.

I try to open the can of tomatoes and the can opener doesn’t work. So while I’m turning it BOTH WAYS to get it to work, the can tips from strain and splashes dots of red sauce on my perfectly white tank top. Cool. THEN I look over and the garlic is burned to smithereens. I take that off the heat and continue to try with the can of tomatoes, even trying the other end of the can. Nope.

I try harder, which results in more splashing of tomato sauce on my tank top. So I peel it off in the middle of the kitchen, blinds open, and crawl on top of the washing machine in search of bleach. And guess what I find? Clorox. Perfect. Right? WRONG. I start putting that stuff on my tank top over a sink filled with water, and I read the bottle closer and it reads “Toilet Bowl Cleaner.”

Yeah, yeah. Go ahead and laugh. I’ll never be able to wear my tank top again and now my bathroom smells like bleach but yeah, you just get your laugh out of it. Oh, and did I mention yelling? One of my biggest fights ever was with a can of tomato sauce. I don’t get out much. Or maybe I’m just a level-headed person..? Yeah. No scrounging that one.

However, once this baby came out of the oven, it was a good day. It was so good that I ended up burning my mouth over.and.over trying to shove in all of the pasta goodness.

Baked Macaroni with Goat Cheese Tomato Sauce
Adapted from Eats Well With Others

1/2 c pasta
1 tsp canola oil
1 garlic garlic, minced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 oz soft goat cheese
1/4 c parmesan cheese
Handful mixed greens
2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs

1. Cook pasta according to directions but taking off heat a couple minutes early.
2. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic for 30 seconds, then add basil and diced tomatoes. Stir and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. After 20 minutes, combine tomato sauce with goat cheese and stir until mixed in.
4. Put pasta in ramekin, top with mixed greens and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and drizzle olive oil on top.
5. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.


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