Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve Meal

Last year we had dinner and evening with friends.  This year is the same.  We had lasagna last year made by our gracious hostess this year I offered to makie it. I will make a green version and a larger regular stand-by version. Here are the recipes I am making for dinner tonight with gluten free ziti/penne noodles. These recipes are delicious.

Baked Ziti
adapted from:

3 cups ziti/penne pasta, cooked to just under al dente
1 3/4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
1/2 pound ground sausage
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 t dried spinach
1/2 t dried oregano
1/4 t garlic powder
1/8 t pepper

Preheat oven to  375.  Cook pasta; drain and set aside. Brown sausage with onion; drain off fat. In a bowl combine 3/4 cup sauce, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg and seasonings.  Stir in pasta and meat.  Put some reserved pasta sauce in the bottom of a well-greased 8x8pan. Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake about 45minutes covered with foil.  Uncover and bake an additional 5-10minutes.

Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
adapted from:

1 jar Alfredo sauce
1lb sausage, cooked with 1/2 large onion and drained
1 (10oz) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 t black pepper
16oz ziti/penne pasta, cooked to just under al dente
1 egg
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl combine Alfredo sauce, sausage, spinach and pepper.  In another bowl  half of the cheeses with the egg. Grease a large 13x9 pan. Place some of the sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan. Place 1/3 of the pasta in the bottom of the pan; next top with 1/3 cheese mixture then finally 1/3 sauce mixture. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up.  Bake for about 45minutes, covered.  Uncover and bake an additional 5-10minutes.

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