Crazy Cheap & Easy Dinner Recipe #3 by Sarah–Simple Lasagna
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Sarah from Red Headed Recipes is our third “chef” this week showing off her favorite go-to meal for a “Crazy Cheap & Easy Family Dinner.” Stayed tuned all week long to see all of our guest’s recipes. To display the button on your own blog, click here. Sarah is the mom of a little girl who is the “apple of her pie.” She is a labor and delivery nurse and has had a passion for baking and cooking since she was little watching her mom. She loves adapting new and old recipes and experimenting on her husband (who doesn’t mind at all).
I love this trick. It is a simpler, quicker, and cheaper way to make lasagna than buying all the fancy cheeses and pasta. I can make this meal for about $4-6.
Take this as a technique, not a straight forward recipe. Amounts can easily be adjusted for your family size. I made mine in an 9×9 pan and had about two layers. This feeds about 5-6 people. Use any size pan to adjust to your family size. I have made this in a loaf pan for two or a 9×13 for 10 people.
1 bag (1 1/2 lbs) square Frozen Cheese Ravioli
Your Favorite Pasta Sauce
1 10 oz box Frozen chopped Spinach, thawed and drained
Shredded Mozzerella and/or Parmessan, for topping
Spread enough pasta sauce to cover the bottom of your pan. Layer the frozen ravioli on top of the sauce. Layer spinach as thick as you want. Add more sauce. You can add more cheese here if you need it extra cheesy. Add the next layer of ravioli. Repeat layers until you’re out of ravioli or until pan is full. Top with sauce and grated cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. If you like your cheese a little brown, remove foil for last 5-10 minutes.
If you want to make this even cheaper, make your own sauce: Saute 1 small onion and 1-2 garlic cloves in olive oil. Add one can diced tomatoes and one can crushed tomatoes to onion mixture. Add dried italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar (yes, sugar). Simple! Cheap!
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