Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Almost Lasagna

Today was rainy and dreary, so I wanted some comfort food. I opted to try a new recipe for Almost Lasagna. I love lasagna but find the process of making it too involved. This recipe has several steps, but seemed a bit easier than actual lasagna and it tasted great! I sneakily added in some diced peppers that the kids didn't even notice they were eating too! ;)

Almost Lasagna

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked (or other similarly shaped pasta-like small shells)
  • 1 pound Ground turkey (or beef, chicken, sausage or tofu crumbles)
  • 1 jar Pasta Sauce (26 ounces)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups veggies, diced (I used bell peppers)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Brown meat and drain well, if necessary.
  2. While meat is cooking, stir together eggs, ricotta, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper.
  3. Mix cooked meat, macaroni, sauce and veggies. Add ricotta mixture and blend well.
  4. Coat a 9-by-13 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 grated Parmesan. Add the remaining macaroni mixture and top with another cup of mozzarella and another sprinkle of Parmesan. Cover with foil.
  5. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake the casserole for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 20 minutes until the cheese on top is lightly browned and bubbly.

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