When I asked Lily what she wanted for dinner today and she said spaghetti I knew right away that was not happening. I don’t make spaghetti in this house… that is JP’s specialty and he is out of town. I told Lily I can make something similar but different instead. I had an idea in mind for something I have never made before so I ran with it. I already had half of the ingredients in the pantry so the trip to the grocery store was quick and cheap.
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- Ziti noodles… I used Penne because that is what I had on hand
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
- 1/2 Onion, Chopped
- Olive Oil
- 1 Jar of Marinara Sauce
- 1 can Whole Tomatoes, Drain the juice
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 1 tub of Cottage Cheese
- 1 Egg
- 1 Bag of Mozzarella Cheese (or more.. there is no such thing as to much cheese)
Heat olive oil, onion and garlic in a large sauce pan.
Note: You will also need to boil water and cook your noodles while you are making the sauce.
Once the onions start to soften add the sausage and cook until browned.
Add the marinara sauce, canned tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Stir and simmer for about 15 minutes.
In another bowl combine the mozzarella, egg and cottage cheese.
Stir the ingredients together.
Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water.
Once the noodles are cold combine them with the cottage cheese mixture.
Take a few cups of sauce and add it to the noodle/cottage cheese mixture.
Take your noodles and put half of them in a glass pan. Top the noodles with half of the sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. Then repeat the same thing with the remaining noodles and sauce. Kinda like lasagna only better.
Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes or until the cheese melts.
This meal is totally Lily approved… she even had seconds!
Most people would probably like ricotta instead of cottage cheese for this recipe. I used cottage cheese since JP is out of town. He claims to hate cottage cheese which I think is crazy talk.