Almost Lasagna

31 Jul

This is a great recipe that tastes a lot like lasagna, but it is a little simpler.  Feeds a lot of makes left overs and lunches for work.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box of pasta, cooked (any kind of pasta will work.  I used this one that kind of looked like caterpillars.)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce (26 oz.)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb. (16. oz) Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
  • Canned mushroom stems and pieces, drained (or any veggie)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Brown meat (add a little Italian seasoning) and cook pasta.  While cooking, mix eggs, ricotta, and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.  Add a little salt and pepper.
  2. Mix meat, pasta, sauce, and mushrooms together.  Add ricotta cheese mixture.  Mix well.
  3. Spray a 9×13 pan with olive oil cooking spray and spread half of mixture on bottom.  Top with 1 cup of Mozzarella and a good sprinkle of Parmesan.  Add the remaining mixture and top with 1 cup of Mozzarella and Parmesan again.  Cover with foil
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 10-20 minutes until cheese is starting to brown and bubble.  Serve with garlic toast and salad if you want.

This was very good.  Some things I noticed.  I used half of a 44 oz. jar of pasta sauce because I was making this for a friend a few days later and it seemed a little dry.  I would use a whole jar of the regular size.  Also, my friend suggested using half of the ricotta and half cottage cheese to help it be more moist.  Make sure to cook until the cheese turns a little brown on top to give it that crispiness like lasagna.  Very good and I would do again with the modifications I posted.

Source:  Adapted from- http://family.go.com/food/pkg-family-approved-recipes/recipe-786707-almost-lasagna-t/

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