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Pasta Shuta Lasagna

December 26 is our traditional Pasta Day. Most of our extended family like to extend our Christmas celebrating, so I make a huge pot of Pasta Shuta for dinner. The Paladinis IMG_5976 have good appetites, but there is always some left. This year I put the leftover in the freezer, with a plan to try something new – Pasta Shuta Lasagna. A few days ago I told my grandson, Caleb, that was what I was going to make for dinner, and he was so excited. “I want to help you make Mazanya!” He clapped his hands. How could I resist such enthusiasm? “How about if you make it,” I suggested, “and I will help you a little bit. But first you need to go wash your hands really good with a lot of soap.”

Here’s the ingredients:

A 9×13 Pyrex dish

A 9 oz. box of Barilla Oven-Ready Lasagna

About 6 cups of leftover pasta shuta sauce.

1 small can of tomato sauce

1 pound frozen spinach, defrosted

3 cups cottage cheese

1 egg

1 tsp. dried basil

About 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Here’s how to make it:

Slice any leftover Italian sausage links, and stir the tomato sauce into the pasta shuta sauce so it will be more spreadable.

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Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the lasagna dish.

Place four uncooked pieces of lasagna on top of sauce. Spread another layer of sauce on noodles, and top it with four more pieces of lasagna.

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Squeeze excess water from the spinach.

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Cover the noodles with a layer of spinach.

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Mix the cottage cheese, egg, and dried basil. Spoon this mixture on top of the spinach.

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Place one more layer of lasagna noodles on the cottage cheese.

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Cover the noodles with the remaining sauce. Top with shredded mozzarella.

We covered it with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for the rest of the day.

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When it was time to prepare dinner we baked it at 350° for one hour.

Nathan and Audrey were home from school by that time, so Nathan spread butter on garlic bread, and Audrey arranged an antipasto.

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It was a group effort, but the biggest kudos went to Caleb, who “made the Mazanya” all by himself.

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A Mark, a Yen, a Buck or a Pound

I came across this post that I wrote almost exactly six years ago. The economy seems to be much better than it was back in 2012, but it was still fun to reread about these financial gymnastics. Enjoy!

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I don’t know where it originated, but my my cousin in Scotland sent me this economics analysis.  I must have laughed for 20 minutes…then I started to cry.  Now all I can do is pray.

Her story is based in Greece but maybe we can all relate.

It is a slow day in a little Greek village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough; everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a £100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the £100 note and runs next door to pay his debt…

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