Last night… we, along with millions of others watched a very big night in television history for us… the premiere of the final season of LOST. And a few friends came over to share in the excitement… So in a hurried preparation I threw together dinner with a few things I already had on hand.
We had dinner, we chatted about LOST theories, and were generally nerdy… but well fed nerds. Dinner was quick and easy and I would like think that if I was a cute little mom that I would happily make this for my hungry family often. Its slightly healthy (?) maybe… and really easy. And I’m going to say something that some of you may not like.. but you will just have to get over it. I so admire the people who labor over lasagna… boiling the noodles, simmering sauce for hours, with tomatoes from the garden in the back yard and fresh herbs hand picked and chopped to perfection. I do, I envy you and the time you have to do your homemade lasagna thing. But I do not happen to have this kind of time… and I personally really like the jar of pasta sauce. Its cheap, its ready, and man, it can be seriously tasty!
So here you go, my mamasagna…
1 pkg oven ready lasagna noodles
2 jars pasta sauce
3 c chopped baby spinach
Fresh ground pepper
Fresh ground salt
3 c mozzarella
2 lbs sweet italian turkey sausage
(I use sweet because we don’t do really spicy in the house… but I imagine spicy would be delicious.)
A little fresh ground parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a pan over medium high heat brown the turkey sausage until cooked all the way through. Set aside to rest before chopping into 1/2 inch pieces. In a small mixing bowl mix 1/2 c cheese, 1 c sauce, and the chopped spinach. Add in a few good grinds of salt and pepper. On the bottom of a 13×9″ casserole dish spread a few tablespoons of sauce. set your first layer of noodles down. Spread the spinach layer on the noodles. Cover with the next layer of lasagna noodles. Spread 1 c of sauce on top. Put your chopped sausage down with another 1/2 c of cheese. Layer another set of noodles. Pour another 1-2 c of sauce on top and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake for 45min or until bubbly and cooked all the way through.
(This also can be frozen for three months, defrosted overnight and cooked the same.)