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Carrie’s Crazy Lasagna March 26, 2008

Filed under: Chicken,Main Dish — Carrie @ 6:23 pm

Carrie’s Lasagna

I’m calling this my crazy lasagna because I got the base from my friend and she is horrified with what I’ve done with it. It tastes pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself!

Meat Mixture:
1 lb ground chicken
16 oz box frozen spinach
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Muir Glen Organic Chunky Tomato and Herb)
16 oz container small curd cottage cheese

Extra Sauce:
29 oz can Hunts tomato sauce
1 t. sugar
½ t. black pepper
1 ½ t. oregano
1 T basil

Other:
1 box no boil lasagna noodles
2 ½ bags of shredded Italian cheese (I like the 4 or 5 cheese blend)

I always make my meat mixture the day before because it just seems easier and I like the flavors to mingle. The meat mixture actually makes enough for two lasagnas so I freeze half of it for later.

Get out a big pot. Put the ground chicken in the pot, salt and pepper it and start chunking it up. Pour in the jar of pasta sauce and add in the frozen spinach. I simmer this all together until the spinach all melts and the chicken is cooked. I just walk by every once in a while and scrape the frozen spinach around to reveal the next layer. When it is all cooked, I take it from the heat and stir in the cottage cheese then put it in the fridge for the night.

The next day I put the ingredients for the extra sauce in a bowl and stir well.

Get out a big baking dish and spray with Pam. Pour about ½ cup of the extra sauce in the bottom, then put four pasta sheets in the bottom of the pan. They will need to overlap somewhat. You want to make sure they are nice and saucy since they aren’t boiled. Then I layer on the meat mixture, a thin coating of sauce and some cheese. Then lay down another four pasta sheets, cover them with a thin layer of extra sauce, then meat mixture, then cheese. Then I put down four more noodles, cover them with all my leftover sauce, put more cheese over it and that usually fills the dish.

Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 for about an hour. Remove the foil and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit about 15 minutes before cutting into it.