I have to say, I’m quite proud of myself.
This has been one of my best Lent’s ever! I have gone like super out of my comfort zone, cooking REAL food!! I am slowly but surely getting better and learning lots and lots of cooking techniques and tricks along the way with the help of my loving mom.
I was totally freaked out by this recipe. Pasta-psh, that’s simple! I’ve been cooking mac and cheese forevaaa! But when I had to “brown the meat”, woah, hello!? How the heck do you do that? I mean, I’ve seen my mom do it on the stove before but anything with meat just always seems so much more complicated to me. It was like she had some meat browning magical powers that made our taco meat and pasta sauce so delicious. Turns out it’s super duper easy. Just plop it in a skillet with a little bit of butter or oil and heat it up, breaking it up and mixing it around until it looks eatable (brown).
Anyways, I gave this recipe a go but ended up changing like a bajillion things. I found this recipe from Real Mom Kitchen and adapted it to whatever floated my boat.
This pasta really does taste like lasagna, except of course it looks NOTHING like lasagna! I was totally confused why lasagna was even in the name of the recipe before, but after I took a bite it made total sense. This stuff is delicious, if you love lasagna but don’t like all the steps, make this!!
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. box of linguini (any type of pasta that suits your fancy will do!)
24 oz. jar of pasta sauce
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
- Cook the pasta according to directions on package
- Meanwhile, brown ground beef until fully cooked in a skillet, and drain.
- Once pasta is done cooking, drain and return to pot. Toss with olive oil.
- Add the pasta sauce to the pasta and stir to coat. Mix in the cooked ground beef, spices and seasonings, mozzarella cheese, and sour cream. Mix and cook over low heat until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!