Paladini Potpie

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Pasta Shuta Lasagna

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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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Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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