From time to time, it may seem as though The Thrifty Mommy is crossing over into homemaking but honestly, I believe it all goes hand in hand. One of the ways I save the most money is on my grocery bill. Cooking delicious meals at home is just one of the things that contributes to a low food budget.
Believe it or not, my husband does not enjoy pasta dishes. Every now and then I need some pasta and so I will make spaghetti or something like that for the kids and myself. Finally, I decided to make a no pasta lasagna for my husband. There are many different ways to do this and many other ingredients that you can add, but here’s what I did:
These are in order, with the bottom layer listed first.
- spaghetti sauce with meat (I included a lot of meat to his liking.)
- fresh steamed spinach (or you can use thawed frozen spinach)
- cottage cheese mixed with 2 eggs and minced garlic
- shredded cheddar cheese
- parmesan cheese
- crushed red pepper
- steamed cabbage
- spaghetti sauce
- shredded mozarella cheese
My husband does not like a traditional marinara sauce, so I bought the Bertolli Vodka sauce. You can find it in most grocery stores. I made a small lasagna for him and a regular lasagna for the kids and myself. lol I always make enough lasagna to freeze a little for lunches.
Feel free to change this recipe around. You can use ground turkey instead of ground beef, you can use low fat cheese, or you can add some ground sausage or pepperoni slices. There are so many ways to change this recipe to make it suitable for the Atkins diet, South Beach, etc.
I baked these on 350F until it was hot and bubbly (about 45 minutes). Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!
Edited August 1, 2012: I made this pasta free lasagna again this week. This time I layered it as: spaghetti sauce with meat (ground beef and Italian sausage), steamed cabbage (this took the place of the noodles), cottage cheese with egg mixed in, chopped spinach, Italian cheese mixture from Kraft (mozarella, parmesan, romano, etc), layer of pepperoni, layer of salami,spaghetti sauce, Italian cheese. My husband thanked me and said it was good!
Images (c) Karen Weideman.