Tasty Thursday: Almost Lasagna

Recipe by the Short Order Mom at www.family.go.com

almost lasagna

Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 40 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

    1 pound elbow macaroni (or other similarly shaped pasta-like small shells) cooked
    1 pound ground turkey (or beef, chicken, sausage or tofu crumbles — whatever works for you)
    2 eggs
    1 pound ricotta cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    salt and pepper
    1 jar spaghetti sauce: 24 – 26 ounces
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    2 cup or so veggies (e.g. diced zucchini, matchstick carrots)

Directions

  1. Brown meat and drain well, if necessary.
  2. While meat is cooking, stir together eggs, ricotta, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper.
  3. Mix cooked meat, macaroni, sauce and veggies. Add ricotta mixture and blend well.
  4. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray or olive oil and spread half of macaroni mixture evenly over the bottom. Top with a cup of mozzarella and a healthy sprinkle of grated Parmesan. Add the remaining macaroni mixture and top with another cup of mozzarella and another sprinkle of Parmesan. Cover with foil.
  5. At this point the whole thing can go into the refrigerator to be cooked when you’re ready.
  6. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake the casserole for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 20 minutes until the cheese on top is lightly browned and bubbly.
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