Thursday, February 24, 2011

I Tweaked the Pioneer Woman

Yes, Kari (my sister), I tweaked a recipe.
1 - Because I am lazy sometimes
2 - I am lazy sometimes
I tweaked her Lasagna recipe. BIG TIME.
And it was GOOD.
Real GOOD.
So here's my version.
My recipe makes 2 huge pans of Lasagna.
Which is great for me, again, because sometimes I am lazy and I don't want to cook dinner.
I put the second pan in the freezer. :)
Brown 1 lb lean ground beef, 1 lb spicy sausage, 2 chopped onions, & 6 minced cloves of garlic in a HUGE pan or stock pot.
Drain if needed.
Then dump in.....and I really mean dump in.
28oz can plum tomatoes with basil
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
25 oz tomato basil marinara sauce
2 cups good red wine
2- 6 oz cans tomato paste
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 bag shredded carrots
2 bags baby spinach (you may have to add a bit at a time and let it wilt a little before you add more)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Let it simmer while you make the cheese mixture. Stir every few minutes to let the spinach wilt.
Stir together:
32 oz carton of lowfat cottage cheese
2 lb carton of ricotta cheese
4 eggs
12 oz bag of grated parmesan cheese

Sauce is now nice and simmered.
Spinach should be wilted.
Now to put it all together.
But wait.....did I miss a step???
Ohhhh NO, we are using 2 packages NO cook lasagna noodles.
That's right, I said NO cook.
I hate cooking lasagna noodles.
And why should I do it when I don't have to??
I make both pans at the same time so that I can make sure that they are even.
Start with about 2 1/2 cups sauce on the bottom.
Put a layer of the NO COOK noodles. Make sure they overlap just a bit.
Next make a thick layer with the cheese mixture and sprinkle on some grated mozzarella.
(I used a 16oz bag of grated mozzarella and it was enough for both pans)
Top with another 2 1/2 cups of sauce.
You will have some noodles left.
Add one more layer of noodles and sauce and then top them off with some quattro formaggio cheese blend.
(I used 1-12oz bag for both)
Bake in a 350 degree oven covered with a foil & on a cookie sheet for about 45 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy the deliciousness!
If you are feeling lazy, like me, you don't have to make a salad.
Guess what?
Veggies are already hidden inside.
Just an FYI: I bought most of my ingredients from Trader Joe's.


  1. 28oz can plum tomatoes with basil
    is this at trader joe's too? near the stewed etc...tomatoes??

    this recipe looks divine.
    it's going in my recipe binder.

  2. Yes maam! I bought everything at Trader Joe's except the sausage and the ricotta cheese.