The only things I left out were the red bell pepper. Believe it or not our grocer was out of them so I used another green one. And the pesto...I thought about the pesto, but didn't have what I needed so I nixed it.
The ricotta mixture was a breeze and the best flavor in the dish.
Into the oven...
...all done. Overall, it was tasty and left that awesome soupy water in the dish when you use a lot of veggies. The pesto may have balanced out all the carrots and the ricotta shined. We paired this with a spinach salad. Whoa! That's a lot of veggies, but it wasn't bad. Next time I would try to make sure I had a baguette and some red wine, but not a bad first venture.
Some observations I made during this. I am no "Grace" in the kitchen. I need some practice speeding things up and making less of a mess. I am very methodical and focused which can make watching a three year old girl a daunting task. But I liked doing this. I think I will get better and I had some fun and it was nice to try something new for dinner.
Next week I am making Baked Potato Casserole, probably as a side dish.