Rigatoni Pie for #sundaysupper

Do you find yourself scrolling through social media timelines while waiting for anything longer than thirty seconds? I’ve been guilty of this lately.

Earlier in the week, I saw a video that caught my eye and stomach.

Maybe because I had most of the ingredients – well the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses – this one made it onto the ‘what to make this week’ list. Also, I was completely intrigued by new uses for a springform pan, having only ever used them to make cheesecake.

I substituted greek yogurt for ricotta and it tasted yummy anyway.

Be sure to make more pasta than you need, otherwise you’ll delay the whole process by about 8 minutes.


1/2 bag of Rigatoni pasta

2 cups mozzarella and parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup greek yogurt (ricotta or cottage cheese will also do)

1 egg

1 jar pasta or pizza sauce (depending on the flavor you’re going for)

1 springform pan


Boil 1/2 bag of Rigatoni pasta (about 1/2 pound or so) in salted water. I didn’t measure the water but made sure it covered all the pasta.

Set the timer for 8 minutes, pull the pasta off the stove when it goes off.

Rinse under cold water.

Transfer to a bowl and toss with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 cup of each of the cheeses.

Grease the bottom and sides of the pan. Make sure clasp is securely closed on the side.

Cover bottom of pan with pasta sauce – 1/2 cup.

Stand the cooked pasta up inside the pan (as shown in photo above). You can also season the pasta for extra flavor.

Mix yogurt, egg, salt and pepper together, pour over the standing pasta. Make sure to get as much of it inside the tubes as that’s what will cook it further.

Layer on top with pasta sauce and pepperoni (if using). You could also use veggies to treat this like a pizza. We ate it more like a pasta pie.

Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes. Enjoy the yummy goodness.

Chocolate Beet Muffins for #SundaySupper

A few years ago I stopped eating meat. You’ve heard me say it before – my whole palate changed. Things you shy away from in childhood – okra, Brussels sprouts, and yes, beets, now filled me up.

And veggies aren’t only good as a side dish – they can make an excellent alternative or supplement to using less flour. I got my six and three year olds to eat these beet muffins like they were chocolate (well, part of them were…).

Use less sugar and chocolate if you want to have these for breakfast.


  • 2 beets boiled, peeled – puree so you disguise them (You can skip the boiling for 20 minutes, peeling and food processing by buying pureed beets…I may start doing that to make this easier)
  • 1 1.5 cups flour
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 355°F (180°C)
  2. Mix these dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  3. Whisk the eggs.
  4. Use a hand mixer to bring together the two sugars, butter and oil. Then add the egg mixture. Once well mixed, put in the flour mixture.
  5. Now add the pureed beets until completely absorbed and then chocolate chips.
  6. Pour your batter into mini muffin trays for a quick bite; I also like silicone ones
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until only chocolate is on your toothpick

Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake for #sundaysupper

A friend’s birthday inspired me in my latest baking adventure: Pineapple upside down bundt cake. Never eaten one before, so after a lot of research, I dove in.

Two things to mention: you could make the cake batter from scratch. But if you’re reading this blog, your life is probably as busy as mine, so my directions recommend using a yellow cake mix.  Second, I used fresh cherries because those were all I could find. Didn’t seem to make much of a difference from the standard Maraschino syrup soaked ones, taste wise.


Pineapple slices (6-8, depending on what pan you’re using, more for larger flat pans)

2 tbps butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 box yellow, vanilla, or pineapple cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Pineapple juice (if you want to up the pineapple flavor in the cake batter)

cherries, one to go in the middle or each pineapple slice (fresh or canned)


Make the cake mix as directed on the box. Most of them will ask for 1 1.5 cups of water.  This is where you can substitute the pineapple juice, if you are using some.

Melt the butter, and grease the bottom of the cake pan. Grease all of it if you’re worried the cake might stick (as I did with butter spray). Scatter the brown sugar evenly around the bottom. This will make a sugary brown glaze on the top when you flip it out and also trickle down the sides to make it extra yummy.

Place the pineapple slices into the pan. you can balance them on the edges of the lower pieces if using a curved pan like the bundt style. As you’ll see in the photo, I cut the lowest slices in half to go around the funnel.

Place stemless cherries in the center of each ring. Pour the batter in. Cover all the slices as they will embed into the cooked cake.

Bake at 350 F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Wait 10 minutes. Slide a knife around the insides. Then flip over in one go (or it will break). Don’t wait too long or the top will get stuck in the brown sugar glaze.

Refrigerate until you serve. The fruit will get heavier with time so keep that in mind.