Wednesday, August 08, 2007

quick non-yucky lasagne

Mary gave me Desperation Dinners, a cookbook of 20-minute dinners for families. I took their lasagne recipe, modified it to make it cheap and even easier, and it came out tasting just like the real thing, but without heating up the house and without the hour of baking time wait because you don't bake it. And my way you can feed a family of 4-6 for about $6 if you add a can of fruit and a fresh veggie on the side

So, here it is:

1 lb hamburger
10 lasagne noodles, broken into 1-2" 'squares' (if you buy the 8 oz box, you can just bang the box on the counter until they're shattered)
1-2 c grated cheese
1 can or jar spaghetti sauce
garden veggies (opt)
cottage cheese (opt)
whatever else you like in lasagne (opt)

Boil the noodles until tender (8-10 minutes at this altitude) (I know, you don't have to do this when you bake it.....). While the noodles boil, defrost the burger in the microwave and then brown it with whatever veggies you are using (onion flakes? green pepper? zucchini? carrots?) in a large skillet with a lid. Drain the grease out. Stir in the spaghetti sauce. When the noodles are done, drain them. Take most of the meat sauce out of the skillet, leaving just a little so the noodles don't burn. Layer everything in the skillet: noodles, cheeses, meat, noodles, cheeses, meat. Top with one last layer of shredded cheese. Put the lid on, put it on low heat, and let the cheese melt.


And good.

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