Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lasagna w/ 1337sauce

Everyone loves lasagna, just don't say it too loud or else that fat orange cat will show up and eat it all, leaving you to QQ. Most people get their lasagna fix from a restaurant or from the frozen food aisle. Unfortunately both of those options are rather pricey and unless you have Guild Bank access it's not worth the price you pay. Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Lasagna isn't hard to make and it takes less time to make and bake from scratch than it does to cook one that has been frozen solid and drop shipped to your local grocery store. Of course I don't even need to mention the extra stats you get from eating foods that aren't full of preservatives, or the bonus to your spouse rep when they witness this remarkable feat of kitchen prowess. Just feast your eyes on the possibilities!

It even looks better in your own casserole dish than it does in those silly tinfoil pans. But it looks the best paired with your favorite side dish on a your plate in the comfort of your dining room. (or by your keyboard for that matter!)

Of course, my favorite side dish is a nice fresh, crisp green salad, but I haven't been to the grocery store yet and so my children's favorite side would have to do. I know that big ol' pan of lasagna looks too big for most people to even consider making, but it is awesome reheated as well.

Lasagna w/ 1337sauce

8-10 Servings | Total Time: 45 Minutes | Journeyman

  • 1 package Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbl. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 12 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Craft: Preheat oven to 375 °. Brown ground beef in skillet with garlic and Italian seasoning. In a large mixing bowl, combine spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese and beef. This makes your 1337sauce! Line the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish with 3-4 uncooked lasagna noodles. Coat the noodles with half of the 1337sauce and spread evenly. Layer on 3/4 cup of both Mozzarella and Cheddar cheeses. Next, sprinkle 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Repeat layering beginning with the lasagna noodles and ending with the Parmesan. Place in oven to cook for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Strategies: The ground beef can be substituted with Italian sausage and the cottage cheese for ricotta. If you are concerned about regular lasagna noodles not cooking thoroughly then boil them for 3 minutes before layering them or use the oven-ready style.

  • Lasagna noodles $2.00
  • Ground beef $1.99
  • Spaghetti sauce $1.59
  • Cottage cheese $1.69
  • Mozzarella cheese $2.00
  • Cheddar cheese $2.00
Total Cost: $11.27
Cost Per Serving: $1.13-$1.41

Category: Casual, LFG, Critical Hits

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds and looks delicious! My hubby's favorite dish and I've only made it once. I always think it's so hard. I am going to follow your recipe.
    Green beans - my favorite!!