Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Layered Mini Lasagna Casserole

Our governor issued a "Stay-At-Home" Order beginning Tuesday morning through April 10th. That comes naturally for this hermit. Home for us is 128,000 acres so that makes social distancing a piece of cake for us. Still, things are getting so crazy. I do have to work at the Sale Barn on Mondays, but unless I need Diesel or vaccine for livestock, I'll head straight back to the ranch. As I was heading out of town on Monday I spotted a fella on Main St. wearing a mask and he was waving a roll of toilet paper in each hand while doing a little jig. Maybe he would have been willing to barter for some of my free range eggs. 😄

As I posted previously, I'm cooking for a crew for 3 days this week. No breakfasts. Paper plates. Lots of cleaning. Before and after. My little kitchen is busy. I made breakfast for DH, Banana Nut Bread, Soft and Fluffy Rolls, Cherry Cheesecake Bars, and fed this baby girl by 7. She's doing well:

 I may need a nap.

Some of ya'll requested I share recipes. I'm keeping things pretty simple and basic this week. Yesterday's menu: Mini Lasagna Casserole, green beans, salad, soft and fluffy rolls with a new Cherry Dessert that was good, but I have a couple other ones that we like better . After running a search, it doesn't look like I've shared this main dish so that's today's recipe. This is another one I've been making for over 20 years.

Layered Mini Lasagna Casserole

2# lean ground beef
1 chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
48 oz pasta sauce
1 8 oz bag mini lasagna noodles
4 C ricotta or cottage cheese (I use 1/2 ricotta and 1/2 cottage cheese)
1 egg
1/4 C chopped parsley
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3 C shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Grated Parmesan

*Preheat oven to 375°. Brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Stir in pasta sauce and simmer for a few minutes. In the meantime, cook pasta and drain. In large bowl, stir together ricotta, cottage cheese, egg, parsley, pepper, and salt. In 9"x13"x2" pan, layer 1/3 meat sauce, 1/2 of the pasta, all of the ricotta / cottage cheese mixture, 1 C Mozzarella. Repeat 1/3 meat sauce, 1/2 pasta, 1/3 meat sauce, Mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

The original recipe calls for 1# of ground beef, but I doubled it (as usual) so you would only need 24 oz of pasta sauce if you went that route. The crew will be back on Thursday and Friday, but DH and I welcomed leftovers today:


Sherrill said...

OHH, look at that FACE!! Too sweet! How many times a day do you feed her? Guess not having to fix a big breakfast makes things a tad easier (though you did fix a LOT before 7..YIKES). That mini lasagna sounds yummy!

Janet O. said...

Looks yummy! I have never heard of mini lasagna noodles.

Donna said...

Your baby calf is looking healthy! You are a great surrogate momma! Sounds like you are cooking up a storm!!! Hope you get a few minutes to yourself!

Lisa said...

I socially isolate well myself. Right now I am looking forward to it. We do have a couple of cases of this nasty bug that are "community" acquired. Our Facility has been in lock for 2 weeks. It has put a lot of stress on our staff and Residents as well as they only have Us as family now till this is over. I have done Geriatric Nursing for over 20 years and I love it, maybe because of the love I received from our precious Grandparents. Not looking for Accolades. I really do love what I do.

Theona said...

Yum! I have the ingredients to make that casserole and it may be what we're having for supper tonight! I certainly do not want to be heading out to the grocery store these days.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Looks yummy@@ and the baby... oh so cute!! Enjoy your nap ( if you ever get one)

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Sweet baby calf! Your lasagna sounds good. I have all the ingredients, so will add it to my menu rotation. I don't have mini lasagna noodles, so I'll just break up a few of my bigger ones. I have blueberry muffins with a streusel topping in the oven. Makes 14, so I may freeze a few for a dessert next week. Got to get back to cleaning and sorting in my studio. Hubby just put together more nice shelves for me. As always, you are on my mind and in my prayers!

The Joyful Quilter said...

That recipe looks delish!!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Enjoy the wide open spaces--they look like a very peaceful, happy place to be

Unknown said...

Did you locate the baby calfs mama ?

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