Lane's lazy lasagna

Yes, there will be a simple recipe, but first, this lily bloomed yesterday.  I am so excited.  I've never tried to grow this kind of lily.  When it came up this spring, I couldn't remember what it was and almost pulled it up.  Glad I didn't.  This was my present for Man-mom day last year. 

That is actually a huge red flower.  Love it, love it!

Okay, so last night, I made dinner and I made a lasagna for tonight.  Rob commented on how good it smelled when I took it out of the toaster oven and I told him how easy it was and he dubbed it Lane's lazy lasagna.

My family loves it.

1# ground beefs
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I like Newman's Own, Sockarooni flavor)
9 lasagna noodles
1 medium container cottage cheese
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste
1T parsley flakes
1 bag grated mozzarella cheese
A handful of grated parmesan

Cook the noodles in water according to the package.  Brown and drain the ground beef.  Reserve a half cup of sauce for later.  Pour the rest of  the jar of sauce into the meat.  I like to let this simmer for a bit, at least 15 minutes to get the flavors all worked in together.

In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, the egg, salt and pepper and parsley flakes.

In a 10x10 casserole dish, put a spoonful of the reserved sauce and spread it around to cover the bottom of the pan.  Add a layer of noodles.  I cut the ends off the noodles to get them into the pan.  Three will cover the pan, and then I stack the cut off ends on top of that. 

Spoon meat sauce onto the noodles and spread.  Spoon cottage cheese mixture on top and spread.  Add a thin layer of mozzarella.  Repeat for another layer. 

Top with another layer of noodles.  Spread with the remaining reserved sauce and sprinkle with a generous layer of grated parmesan.  Bake at 350* for one hour.

Don't tell the Italians how easy that was. 

Just wanted to point out that the same day that the gang fight in Waco was on the news, the TX state legislature was debating an open carry law (the right to legally carry an exposed weapon, for example a handgun in a holster on your hip... just like the wild west).  Somehow, the news is missing the irony of that.  I get it.  Lots of people want the right to carry a handgun.  But, do you really want your neighbor to have that right?  Let's face, it.  That guy's a freak!

Everybody have a great Tuesday.  It's another wonderful day to make a living, right?



lw said...

That flower is beautiful!

The friends I have in Texas who have small ranches all carry handguns. You need them to protect the stock from coyotes, among other things.

Kath said...

In England we find any debate concerning the right to bear arms very interesting. Here you have to have a licence and it's mostly farmers who have shot guns, along with duck hunters and game keepers, altho there are the robbers and bad guys who have their guns against the law.As you know our regular "Bobbies on the beat" do not carry guns.
Your question is a good one Lane. One of my neighbours has a short temper, I'm not sure I'd like him to carry a hand gun.

Anonymous said...

A colleague of mine said that he was in a restaurant in the USA , when a thief ran out with a lady's handbag. Apparently loads of people proceed a gun from their pockets or handbags… he was the only person who ducked under the table! Now, what is THAT all about. Here in Scotland we find the idea of having a gun just lying about to hand quite bizarre, if not actually terrifying…..

Mari said...

Sounds yummy, Lane! Want to be even lazier? Use frozen cheese ravioli squares instead of noodles and cheese. Just layer them with the meat sauce and mozzarella just as you've described, bake, and voila!--lasagna! My husband loves this, and my kids always did too. Love the lily!

mssewcrazy said...

Definitely trying the lasagna recipe. I loved that you cooked it in the toaster oven. I need to start back with that as it is getting hot and I don't use the oven unless I have to when the ac us on. That sounds easy and good.