Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bow Tie Lasagna

Okay. I promised one more crockpot recipe before I moved on from “Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round.” And I cooked another one. But I can’t find the pictures. Anywhere. Honestly, I’m starting to wonder if I even took the pictures. Sorry to say that you are missing out on Crockpot Chicken Parm! (You’ll just have to buy the cookbook to get the recipe for that one.)

So I am switching gears to another brandy-new Gooseberry Patch cookbook! This one is “Garfield – Recipes with Cattitude!” And guess what! It’s so new that it’s not even available yet! I’ll be giving you a few sneak peaks, and I’ll be giving away a copy of this cookbook next week, so be sure to check back!

In keeping with the Italian theme of my missing chicken parm photos, I’m starting off my Garfield experience with a “cheaters” lasagna – using bow tie pasta instead of lasagna noodles!

bow-tie lasagna

Oh yes, here’s the new cookbook! I’ve been devouring the pages, and have yet to find something I’m not excited to try! (Garfield does have good taste in food!)

Garfield Recipes With Cattitude
Start off with a chopped onion and a clove of minced garlic. Saute them up in some olive oil.

saute onion and garlic
Thaw one pound of cooked ground beef out of your freezer and toss it in to heat it back up. (No cooked frozen ground beef? Then toss the beef, or your meat of choice, in with the onions and garlic at the beginning. Get it good and browned.)

brown ground beef
When the meat is browned and the onion is cooked, add one 15-ounce jar of pizza sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

pizza sauce
Add one 8-ounce container of ricotta cheese. (Actually, the recipe called for cottage cheese. But I’m not a big fan of cottage cheese. So I use ricotta instead.)

ricotta cheese
When the cheese is all melted and incorporated into the sauce, add a half-package of cooked bow tie pasta.

bow tie pasta
Mix it all up, and spread it in a 9x9 baking dish. Top with plenty of mozzarella cheese. (In hindsight, I went a little overboard with the cheese.)

mozzarella cheese
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until it’s all hot and bubbly and the cheese is just a little browned on the top.

baked bow tie lasagna
Serve with some parmesan bread sticks (check back next week for the recipe for those!) and a salad. Please. I didn’t have a salad, and I really wished I had thought that far ahead. Ah well. Veggies tomorrow!

bow-tie lasagna

Here’s a printable recipe card for you:

bow tie lasagna recipe card

{Thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with a copy of “Garfield… Recipes with Cattitude! to review and a copy to give away! Thoughts and opinions are my own. Oh, and affiliate links were used in this post.}

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