I am always trying to come up with new and fresh ideas for lunch.  I get tired of salads and breadless sandwiches and sometimes just want something new.  Last night we had some spaghetti noodles (no sauce because the tomato sauce gives me stomach cramps and my son just doesn't like it).  Today I had left over noodles and when I was hunting around the kitchen for lunch, I thought hmmmmm. Literally, a "hmmmmm" came out of my mouth.  I love melted cheese and mozzarella especially and hence this meal was born.  I love the marriage of the noodles and cheese.  I've used olive oil instead of butter or if you use the dried tomatoes that are stored in oil, use a tablespoon or two of the oil out of the jar. You can also make this as a complete dinner by first boiling your noodles and placing all into a casserole dish and doing the same toppings.  Go ahead and add meat if you like (cooked already) to make it a full dinner in one dish.  Have fun experimenting with different optional add in's 
Serves 1

  • 1-1 1/2 cups cooked Noodles (mine were gluten free)
  • 1 TBSP Sundried Tomatoes, diced
  • 6-10 leaves Fresh Basil
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese

Optional items:  bacon, ground beef, chicken, tofu, diced tomatoes or diced green onions or combinations of these 

In a small ovenproof dish, place your noodles
Dice up butter and spread evenly over top
Dice up Sundried Tomatoes and Basil and spread evenly 
Cover with Cheddar Cheese 
Cover with Mozzarella Cheese

Bake uncovered 15-20 minutes 375 F (190 C or 5 Gas Mark) until the cheese on top is golden brown and bubbly

Make as a full meal, use 2-4 oz of dry pasta per person when determining how much pasta to use.  The more sides there are then reduce the ounces closer to 2.  Figure a full 16 oz of mozzarella cheese and 8 oz of cheddar.  The add ins just layer the amount that you want.

I hope you enjoyed my little rant.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

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