Welcome to the weekend friends! That was an exhausting week. No matter what state you live in, or what views or opinions you have, this has been an intense couple of days for the ol' US of A. So we're going to take a minute and just talk about comfort food. Cutting straight to the chase: Penne Spinach Lasagna Bake with Homemade Sauce.
So how is this a Penne Spinach Lasagna Bake and not just a straight Lasagna? It has to do with the lack of actual lasagna noodles. I'm a fan of delicious, easy, convenience. Especially right now. I've got myself another low grade sinus infection resulting in some really awesome ear pain, and I'm just not going to deal with lasagna noodles. Am I right or am I right?
Pretty sure I'm right. I'm also 99% sure you understand my pain if you've ever had to fuss with lasagna noodles. I actually make this recipe (sans pork sausage) at the center and I felt that the restaurant style lasagna sheets was not enough of a grain serving per child. Quite frankly, I feel that way about lasagna in general. As you may have noticed, I'm a massive carb lover so the more pasta the better. Ergo Penne Spinach Lasagna Bake. Layers of sauced up penne pasta, topped with spinach, ricotta, and shredded mozzarella. Comforting? Yes please.
Let's talk about that meat sauce. Extremely similar to my Spaghetti Beef Sauce, this one has some ground italian pork sausage added because yummmm. It adds a bit more depth to the cheesy carby-ness of this dish. It's all made in one pot, super easy, and freezes up wonderfully! So if you have leftovers, or want to make a double batch and just save it for later, this sauce can hang out in your freezer until you're ready for some serious comfort food. Just defrost and go!
So take a breather this weekend and cook up some Penne Spinach Lasagna Bake with Homemade Sauce!Print