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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Easy Lasagna with Fresh Spinach Salad

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It has been an interesting but very busy last few days. Both oldest and youngest grandbabies were here on the weekend. Saturday for dinner I made Easy Lasagna as we were hosting the normal monthly large event. It was a good turnout with some thirty in attendance. One of my girlfriend's brought her new little grandbaby (age 3 months) so oldest grandbaby had a playmate. Snacks included chicken wraps, meatballs in barbeque sauce and the normal snack type foods.

Easy Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those casseroles that somehow gives the impression of taking more time to prepare. However, you can get the same taste with less prep time by using extra broad egg noodles then stirring all the ingredients together and baking in the oven. Serve with fresh spinach salad and cheese buns for an easy meal that tastes like you have been in the kitchen all day.


I used:
2 - 500 ml jar home canned spaghetti with meat sauce
1 - 500 ml jar home canned plain tomato sauce
1 750 pk extra broad egg noodles
1 c cottage cheese
handful fresh washed spinach, torn
3 c shredded mixed cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella, colby etc)

Bring water to a boil in large sauce pot. Add salt and drizzle of olive oil. Stir in noodles. Cook to al dente. Drain. Pour the noodles into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sauces, cottage cheese, spinach and 2 c of the shredded cheeses. Mix well. Pour into large casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350ºF until cheese is bubbly.

5 food lovers commented:

Mizé said...

Ummm...I love pasta dishes and this recipe is really easy. Reminds me my "Spaghetti Al Sérgio" recipe, which is a bit different but probably has a similar taste.
Here in Portuguese supermarkets I never saw canned pasta with meat for sale. You have everything canned while we only have basics and a few pre-cooked dishes, like beans with meat. Love to learn new stuff.
A good Thursday. Cheers!

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Mizé, here you can buy several types of pasta sauces in the grocery stores however I prefer to make my own and can them. If you check the archives there are the pictures and methods for most of the sauces I can including Canning Spaghetti Sauce with Meat.

Home canning might be something you would be interested in to put a few ready made products in your pantry. Of course these sauces also freeze well.


MAC said...

This is the way I love to cook. Simple and easy.
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Garden Gnome said...

Mac, your blog is not loading so you might want to check out the problem. I know I've been there before so this is something new.

Allure said...

very cute lay out you have! and the food looks very yummy!!!

everytime i drop ec on your blog and I see the pictures, i get hungry.