March 22, 2011

Almost Lasagna

I have two High School track runners and a baseball player.  They come home from school starving every day, and they always want some kind of pasta.  Especially when the weather is cold.  I tried this recipe and it makes a ton.  Really, it makes a lot.  We might be eating this for a couple days.  If you have a small family, I would not use a pound of pasta.  If you are having dinner guests, this will serve a lot of people.

1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked
1 lb. ground turkey or beef
1 jar Pasta sauce (26 oz)
2 eggs
Parmesan cheese
1 pound Ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 cups veggies (diced zucchini, matchstick carrots, etc.
Salt and pepper

Brown meat and drain well if necessary
While meat is cooking, stir together eggs, ricotta, Parmesan and salt and pepper
Mix cooked meat, macaroni, sauce and veggies.  Add ricotta mixture and blend well

Coat a 9x13 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 Parmesan.  Add the remaining macaroni mixture and top with another cup of mozzarella and another sprinkle of Parmesan.  Cover with foil.

Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10-20 minutes until cheese is golden brown.

I added a little more pasta sauce at the end.  I thought it looked a little dry and then re-read the recipe and I had only used half the amount of pasta sauce.  Make sure you use a 26 oz. size jar of sauce.  Just keepin it real for my blogger friends.  Yes....Sometimes I goof up the recipe. 

The kids loved it.

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