I whipped this up a few weeks ago when my inlaws were in town for a quick pasta meal. It took me no time at all to make, allowed me to use up some freezer/pantry stock (including those .19/box zitti pastas I had), and was yummilicious! Although this is technically a baked zitti dish, everyone kept calling it lasagna, thus our “mocksagna” name.
- 1 lb sausage or hamburger, browned and drained
- 1 carton ricotta cheese
- fresh spinach leaves – as many as your family will accept 😀 (you can use frozen, just make sure to drain completely and remove any large hard stems)
- 1.5 jars of spaghetti sauce (keep the other 1/2 for use if you feel your mocksagna is dry, and freeze any leftover to use for another meal)
- palmful of Italian Spice blend
- 2 lb. zitti (prepared per package directions)
- cheese – lots and lots of cheese. I used what I had in the fridge, so some mozzarella and a colby/cheddar mix
1. put water on to boil
2. brown meat, drain
3. Put pasta in to cook – I kept it just shy of al dente so it wouldn’t be too mushy upon reheating
4. Pour pasta sauce into meat and heat up – add spices
5. Drain pasta
Layer in a 9×13 pan…sauce, pasta, ricotta, spinach, cheese, sauce, pasta, ricotta, spinach, cheese, until your pan is full!
Bake in the oven for about 20 min while all the cheeses get gooey and the spinach cooks down a bit.
This made a full 9×13 pan plus extra sauce/noodles for us to freeze in a zip top gallon bag for lunches down the road for our lasagna monster. You can cut back on the noodles/sauce if you don’t want to make so much.
Here’s a pic of the yumminess!
What – you can’t see it? That’s because we gobbled it all up before I thought to take a photo! lol
Let me know if you try it!