So without further ado - Cheater's Lasagna
10 lasagna noodles - uncooked
1 package Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll - "Hot"
1 can Hunt's Spaghetti sauce - preferably "Original"
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 16 oz container of small curd cottage cheese
1 egg - beaten
1 small bunch of spinach, chopped
1 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more if you want)
Brown the sausage in a fry pan and drain if needed. Pour all but 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce into the pan and add the ketchup, brown sugar, garlic powder & Italian Seasoning. Stir it all up and taste to make sure it's the way you want it to taste. Then let it simmer while you get the rest together.
|Spaghetti Sauce & Sausage - which is your lasagna sauce|
Next, mix the cottage cheese, beaten egg and chopped spinach up together in a mixing bowl until well blended. Set aside.
|The cottage cheese mixture - or middle layer.|
Next, layer the mushrooms over the cottage cheese mixture and take at least a cup and a half of the mozzarella layering it over the top of the shrooms. At this point you may have to press everything down with your hands to "smoosh" it all down. It's pretty easy if you have enough cheese on it.
|Before the cheese layer|
Repeat your lasagna noodle layer with the last five lasagna noodles. Then spoon the rest of the spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Add the rest of the mozzarella cheese - again, this is to taste, but we've found less is better. Here's how we do it:
Seal it all up tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. When your time up, take it out and carefully remove the foil. Turn your oven up to the broil setting. Add the Parmesan cheese to the top of the lasagna. After your oven is heated, broil the lasagna without the foil. Keep a careful watch over it! It can burn easily. It usually takes us about 5 minutes. And when you pull it out...Voila!
We like to serve it with garlic bread or Texas toast.
Now many people have asked why I don't use ricotta cheese. We've tried to use it, but I just didn't like the consistency as much as the cottage cheese, plus I think the cottage cheese is a wee bit better for you. The hubby swears by the leftovers this makes.
How about you? Got a cheater recipe? You don't have to post it here of course, just curious as to what meals you have great shortcuts for.