Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Easy Lasagna -Garfield Special!

My daughter loves anything Garfiled. Sometimes she even thinks and acts like she is Garfield herself, to mine and my Hubby's annoyance ! She loves it whenever I make my version of Italian food. And as she is a vegetarian, this is how I please her - with the Garfield special lasagna.

To serve 8
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2  cup Velveeta or Cheddar cheese
1 tsp dried parsley(optional)
2 cup soya granules ( if you want you can use ground beef instead)
1 1/2 tsp Meat Masala powder
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups spaghetti sauce (you can either buy this at store or make it yourself)
2 tablespoons water
8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
Saute onion and garlic together; when light brown, add the meat masala powder. Saute till the raw smell is no more and add the soya granules (rinsed and drained) or meat to it. Saute it till  the soya/meat is dried and well cooked. 
Mix the spaghetti sauce and water together.
Mix the mozzarella  and cheddar cheese
Spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture into the bottom of a 4 x 11 baking dish. Top with a layer of lasagna noodles, 1/3 rd of the soya/meat, 1/3 rd of the cheese mixture, and 3/4 cup of the sauce. Repeat layers twice.(a total of 2 layers)
Layer the rest of the noodles; pour the remaining  sauce and  sprinkle evenly the rest  of the cheese mixture. on top. Sprinkle the parsley on top. Cover with greased aluminium foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover dish and bake an additional 25 minutes, until top is browned and noodles are tender. Remove from oven and let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Making quick spaghetti sauce (homemade):

1 no pickled Jalapeno peppers (or any moderately hot chilli pepper)
2 tomatoes
1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves of fresh garlic)
1 tsp onion powder (or 1/2 a medium size onion chopped fine)
1 cube of tastemaker /chicken bullion granules
Grind all the above ingredients to a fine paste and heat it till it bubbles. Your sauce is ready.
Enjoy your Garfield special!!
Buon appetito!

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