Monday, September 30, 2013

Spaghetti Lasagna with Garlic Cheese Toast

Spaghetti is one of the few meals that I can count on all 3 of my kids getting excited about. I try to change it up and sometimes they like the changes, sometimes they don't. This is one of the changes they enjoy and it allows me and my husband a change to the plain old boring spaghetti routine. You get a lot of the flavor of lasagna, but in an easy weeknight dinner meal.

1/2 lb. ground sirloin/beef or turkey
1/2 lb. sausage (I use regular sausage but you can use Italian sausage
Spaghetti noodles
Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
8 oz. ricotta cheese
Parmesan cheese

It's pretty simple, you just make like you would spaghetti... Cook noodles according to package directions, brown the beef and sausage until done... then add the sauce and ricotta to the meat mixture and cook over medium low until bubbly. Serve the sauce over the spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with cheese. 20 minutes cooking time but with all the flavor of lasagna!

For the Garlic Cheese Toast:
French bread slices
Butter, room temp
Garlic powder
Shredded mozzarella

Butter the bread slices, sprinkle with garlic powder, top with desired amount of cheeses and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Use it to slop up all that yummy sauce.