In honor of my amazing friends who are running a half marathon tomorrow I am posting this carb laden joy. As I said in my last post "There are not many things I like more than having a whole meal in one bowl."
I love lasagna but I always think it takes way to long to put together. For this casserole I just layered all the normal ingredients except for the noodles; I used curly noodles rather than the typical flat lasagna noodle. The total time was about 1 hour including the 25 minute bake time.
I used homemade tomato sauce from this summer but you could use jarred sauce to make this even quicker. My only recommendation is to add a bunch of fresh oregano to any sauce, your taste buds will love you.
There are no exact measurements here, just be creative and your guaranteed to love your creation.
** Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
** Boil your pasta until al dente, it will cook more in the oven.
** Choose your fillings, I used:
chopped onion, peppers and mushrooms
**Saute veggies adding garlic near the end. When slightly soft add sauce and a bunch of fresh oregano, stir until warm and turn off heat. If you use meat, brown it in a separate pan and add it to the sauce or just make it a layer at the end.
** Mix 2 cups ricotta cheese and 1 cup Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
** In a large dutch oven or glass dish layer noodles, sauce, and cheese mixture until full then top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
** Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and browned on top.
** Enjoy and then enjoy the next day because we all know it tastes better the next day.
I wish you enough! And I wish the best to my strong friends for tomorrow, you will be great!!!!