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Mock-sagna

April 25, 2011

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.

MOCK-SAGNA

  • 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

Directions:

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!

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