Baking Spaghetti Cake aka Lasagna
Lasagna has as many recipes as it does pronunciations and spellings. This lasagna recipe has everything in it that people love, and nothing that people hate, which makes it kid-friendly and should satisfy even the most finicky of eaters. Unless you do not like delicious Italian food; in which case, this article is not going to be for you, and you should consider looking for something safer, like a nutritious slice of white bread. This recipe takes about an hour from start to finish, requires a large skillet, a 9x16 cake pan (hence the name Spaghetti Cake), and a large pot to boil noodles. It can create up to 12 servings, or 2 servings if you and your date are really, really, really hungry.
- 1 lb Cheddar Cheese, Yum!
- 1 lb Mozzarella Cheese, Also Yum!
- 1 lb Large Curd Cottage Cheese, Not so yum, but good here.
- 1 lb Lasagna noodles
- 8 oz Tomato Sauce, Hunts Italian works best
- 2 small cans Tomato Paste
- 1 lb Hamburger, Leaner is better
- 1 lb Ground Sausage, Jimmy Dean's Italian
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Optional, but yum
- 1/4 cup Diced Onions, Like Garlic, but less yum
- 1 tsp Oregano, Optional, but yum
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Easy Spaghetti Cake Directions!
- In the large skillet, brown the hamburger. When the hamburger is nearly cooked, add in the sausage, and begin to work it into the hamburger. Add garlic and onions and cook until onions become transparent. If you got oregano, put in a few dashes here.
- Add the can of tomato sauce, work into meat mixture, and then add tomato paste, again, working it into the meat mixture. Should start smelling awesome at this point, like you really do know how to cook. Once everything is mixed, back down the heat to low, and let it simmer, stirring occasionally. The mixture should be somewhat thick.
- Start water on to boil, add a touch of vegetable oil or if you're high class, add some extra virgin olive oil. Remember to snicker at "Extra Virgin." Once the water is boiling (no, not before), add the noodles. Stir occasionally.
- While the water is waiting to boil, go hug your loved ones, or wink at your date. Then begin to shred the cheddar and mozzarella cheese. It's okay to cut off a slice of either cheese and hand feed it to someone you love (even if that someone is you).
- Okay, you have made it to this point. Great job! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fahrenheit, not Celsius. Seriously, where did you get an oven that uses Celsius?
- Once the noodles are boiled (do not try to throw a lasagna noodle at the window to see if it sticks, you can tell by taking one out of the pot WITH A UTENSIL and cutting it), drain the noodles. No one will think you're a sissy if you cool them down with a little bit of cold water. You'll want to leave them as warm as possible, though.
- Start building your lasagna. Noodles first (lengthwise), then meat mixture, then cheeses. Next noodles (widthwise), meat mixture, and cottage cheese. Next noodles (lengthwise), meat mixture, and cheeses, then noodle (widthwise) and topped with a copious amount of cheese. Be aware, you might have noodles left over. This is okay. Put in the oven.
- I know it says "20 minute cook time" but DO NOT set your timer and walk away to smooch with your girlfriend/husband/significant other or check your email. Hang out in the kitchen, and keep an eye on your lasagna, looking for the cheese to melt. This is a good time to make your salad and/or open your wine, or make your favorite cocktail, or sneak in a shot if you have time.
- Once the cheese is all melty, go for the finishing move. Turn your oven to "Broil" and open the oven just a crack. WATCH the cheese on top (no really, do not let this get away from you) turn a slight brown.
- Remove from the oven, and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the spaghetti cake, and notice how many people's mouths start to water. Serve and be a kitchen hero.
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