Monday Night Pasta

Monday is a perfect night for a big pasta dinner.  It’s easy, delicious, and makes awesome leftovers!  I have a few different pasta recipes I like to alternate between, lasagna being a favourite around here!

This is such an easy recipe and the spinach really adds a gourmet quality, if you will, but is not necessary.

1/2 lb ground beef  and 1/2 lb ground hot italian sausage

2 cloves garlic

Herbs: 1/4 tsp each of basil, thyme, oregano and 1/8 tsp each of marjoram, rosemary

2 jars of pasta sauce (I love kroger brand parmesan and romano)

1.5 to 2 cups of fresh spinach

1 24oz container of cottage cheese

Pack of shredded mozzarella cheese

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Brown the meats, add the minced garlic just before it is done.  DRAIN THE GREASE OUT!  It will cut the fat by sooo much with just this easy little step.

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Add the herb blend.  I had fresh oregano and used dried for the rest.

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Add the sauce and simmer for at least an hour, stir often.

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For the noodles:

Boil  a few cups of water, place noodles (I use 10 noodles for a 9×13 dish) in a container, and pour boiling water over noodles.  Cover with either a lid or foil for 12 minutes.  Place on a towel to dry.

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Get out your ingredients,

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and start layering sauce, spinach,

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noodles, cottage cheese,

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and back to sauce, spinach….

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Top it with the mozzarella and bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and…

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Bam! Tested and baby approved!

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