Another day…another day I come home to the wife cooking up something that fills the house with delicious smells. This time around it was another recipe from Mix and Match Mama, Lazy Lasagna. I had no idea what to expect out of the meal as the wife had multiple pans of food cooking at once and a pot of water set to boil. Even though it looked like a lot of things going on at once, it seemed to come together fairly quickly.
As the wife began to plate it, she called it a deconstructed lasagna. I think that’s the perfect description. It has the lasagna noodles and a white cream like sauce which acts like the normal ricotta filling. On top is the mean and standard marinara sauce. For those that like lasagna this will definitely fit the bill. Sometimes lasagna is just a pain in the ass to make and takes for ever to put together and cook. This one will save some time, headaches, and still please.
We added a quick bag of caesar salad to the side of the meal just to round out the Italian feel. I was one happy husband. As an Italian boy, it made this stomach happy. I would most def make this again. It’s just not too heavy on the white sauce to where it’s like alfredo, but does give you a nice cheesy flavor. So…verdict? Make this.
On a side note…tonight’s beer was Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. When Hopslam wasn’t out yet, a buddy brought this over to me. It’s like Hopslam’s little brother. A nice hoppy flavor, but not overpowering. It’s smooth and quite delicious. For the first time having it, I was a fan. Bell’s makes some good beers and the last couple haven’t dissapointed.
- 1 pound pasta
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (or try some homemade)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Garnish with parsley, extra Parmesan, basil and/or ricotta
- Bring one large pot of water to boil, drop pasta in and cook 8-9 minutes or until al dente.
- Meanwhile, brown ground beef in separate skillet, add in onion and garlic and saute a few minutes.
- Add your favorite spaghetti sauce and simmer.
- In another large skillet, melt butter over medium heat, whisk in flour and stir one minute, whisk in milk.
- Bring heat up to medium-high, stirring often until sauce becomes thick and bubbly (about 5 minutes), reduce heat to low and stir in Parmesan.
- Drain pasta and toss with white sauce. Serve pasta in bowls and top with ground beef mixture. Top with desired garnish.