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Monday, September 28, 2015


Do you have plans for tonight's dinner yet?  There's nothing worse than 5 o'clock rapidly approaching and being clueless about what to fix for supper.  This is one of my go-to recipes when we need something in a flash.  And besides the fact that it's quick and easy, it's become a family favorite...I suspect some of us even like it even more than traditional lasagna.

lasagna, quick dinner recipe

2 cans crescent rolls
1 pound cooked, drained hamburger meat
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 16 oz. container cottage cheese
2 cups Mozzarella or Italian Style shredded cheese
Sliced mushrooms (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9x13" casserole dish with non-stick spray.
2. Unroll 1 can of crescent rolls, and lay the whole can out on the bottom of the dish.  Flatten and pinch together seams if necessary to spread across entire bottom of the dish.
3. Combine cooked hamburger meat and jar of spaghetti sauce.  Layer 1/2 of mixture on top of crescent rolls in dish.  Add a layer of mushrooms if desired. 
4. Layer cottage cheese over meat and sauce mixture.
5. Layer the rest of the meat and sauce mixture over cottage cheese.  
If your family doesn't object, you could add some sliced mushrooms in with the meat layer as well.
6. Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture.
7. Unroll 2nd can of crescent rolls and spread over cheese to form a top crust.  Flatten out pieces a bit before laying them down if desired, but rolls don't need to completely cover the top.
8. Bake for about 25 minutes until top is golden brown.
9.  Let sit about 5 minutes before serving.

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Tip:  For an even faster prep time...  When I'm browning meat for a recipe, I usually brown 2 pounds instead of one, then freeze half of it.  A recipe like this one can be done in a flash when the meat is already cooked... just thaw it out proceed with the recipe.

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With all of the bread in the main dish, there's no need to prepare extra bread as a side.  Throw together a salad to accompany it and you're good to go.  Enjoy!

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