Funny how a dish like this can be truly elevated when made from scratch... 😎 Ok, I didn't make the pasta or the cheese myself...😳 With a sauce made from tomato sauce and paste, herbs grown and dried by my mom since my garden isn't ready after our move and leftover elk meatloaf mixed in with extra veggies... This dish takes it to a whole new level of flavor! If I didn't have access to dried herbs, I would have just used essential oils!
Boxed mixes with gummy, thin noodles and tasteless instant "red" sauce from a powder pretty much equals joyless food, to me...😭😭😭 So sad that most dishes like this are literally abismal in flavor and texture. Not to mention not worth the calories and with almost zero nutrition. Next time you go to grab an insta-dinner box, just try making it instead☺
If you are gluten free like we are for now, a lot of gluten free pastas are higher in protein too. Mix this up with cooked noodles, your favorite sauce, flavorful leftover ground or shredded meat and cheese if you want it. Bake at 350 until it is bubbly.
And yes, it is Elk. Elk is delicious. If you are a part of the cruelty free, free range (it doesn't get more free range), "we only eat happy animals", or local food movement, hunted meat only had one bad day in it's life, if you think about it... Elk has a more beef-like flavor than Venison which has a stronger sagey flavor. We like both but if you don't like Venison, try Elk. Venison or Bison would be good in this dish too. Try it!
Vegan, gluten-free: Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies @alivehealth (Jan 2019) by @joyoushealth 🌱Sweetened with only 2 Tbsp maple syrup 🕺🍪👩🍳