So, since my husband is a Veteran of the United States Naval Seabees (WOOT WOOT), I had asked him what he wanted on Veteran's Day. He requested Lasagna. I was like, "Oh, cool!! I gotchu babycakes!" -- So... That was like TWO weeks ago...
Fast forward to Veteran's Day... I completely forgot to get the rest of the ingredients for the Lasagna! It was a really cold and rainy day and I wasn't trying to take myself and the girls out into that... So, I figured I'd make chicken instead...
At around noon, my hubby calls on his lunch break and says, "Whew... Can't wait for that Lasagna tonight!!" -- O_o <~~~~ Yeah... That was my face!! HAHA!! So, I sat in my thinking chair to think...and think... and thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiink!! (Shout out to Blues Clues)....
I went into the refrigerator and searched that bad boy... This is what I found:
-Cheddar/Monterey Jack Cheese Mix
-Green Olives w/Pimentos
So... I was like..."Uhhhhhhhhhh... Alright... What to do... What to do?!?!" --
I decided to use mix the V8 Juice with some Cornstarch and thicken it up a bit... So, I did that first. I poured all three cans into a pot and let it get warm. I then mixed 3 tablespoons of Cornstarch in there really well and took it off the heat.
I then simmered 4 cups of ground beef and 1 whole smoked sausage (that I pulled apart and crumbled) together until brown. I seasoned with:
1 tablespoon Basil
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning
Once the meat was done, I mixed it into the sauce and put it to the side.
I took about 1/2 the jar of olives and sliced them up. I put them to the side.
I boiled the Lasagna noodles in a big pot of water (with a little Olive Oil) until they were semi-soft. Not too soft though, since it was going to go into the oven.
Now, on to stacking!!
I spooned some of the meat sauce into the pan first. I then used about 1 cup of Ricotta Cheese and crumbled it on top of the sauce. I took about 1 cup of the cheese and put that on top of the Ricotta Cheese. I sprinkled some of the olives on top of that. I then put THREE Lasagna noodles on top of that and repeated the process one more time. On top of the stack, I just put the rest of the meat sauce, some cheese and the rest of the olives.
I stuck it in the oven for about 30 minutes and VIOLA:
As a side, CC made some of her famous flat bread. The recipe is:
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of water
2 shakes of basil
2 shakes of pepper
3 VERY GENTLE shakes of Sea Salt
3 shakes of italian seasoning
Mix it all together. Take a rolling pin and roll it all out. You then cut it into whatever shape you want. You then put some cooking spray into a non-stick pan, heat it up, and cook the bread on there. You cook it on 1-2 minutes on each side. Cook until slightly brown.
I then made a quick garlic butter:
- 3 tablespoons of Country Crock Spread
- 1 tablespoon of basil
- 2 tablespoons of Granulated Garlic
Mix and done!
You can put as MUCH butter on the flatbread as you'd like!!
It tastes fantastic!!! :)
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