We bought a cute patio set for our balcony with our Canadian Tire gift cards, so M and I are once again eating at a proper table some days. Besides KD, this was the first real meal to christen the table.
What with the tomato sauce and cottage cheese and mozzarella I thought it would taste a lot like lasagne, but it was just no replacement. It was tasty, but not tasty like lasagne. The mozzarella topping was good though, delicious really, and it doesn’t take much more time than the spaghetti it tastes a lot like, so it is still worth trying out.
Also, it has onions in it. I like chopping onions, even though they make my hands smell for a couple days afterwards.
Almost Spaghetti Cottage Cheese Pasta
From the Spring 2010 issue of All You Need Is Cheese, another one of those publications by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.
4 cups curly pasta
1 and 1/2 tbsp butter
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb lean ground beef
2 and 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1/4 cup dried basil
250 g cottage cheese
1 and 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Cook the pasta.
Meanwhile, sauté the onions and garlic. Add the beef and cook until browned.
Move the whole mix into your favourite casserole dish. My recipe suggests making the whole thing in a stove-to-oven Dutch oven or something of the like, but I don’t own such a thing, unfortunately. Transferring everything works just as well.
My favourite casserole dish was a gift from my grandmother, 3 or 4 years ago now. She has given each of her grandchildren a pattern from the Corelle dish series and for a while, gave us a new useful piece from the pattern every Christmas. Maybe more on these another day.
Spread your grated mozzarella cheese on top. Be liberal with the cheese: the more the better. Pop it under the broiler for 10 minutes until the cheese is nicely melted and kinda crispy. Mmm… tasty.
You really don’t want to know the calorie count on this one. Trust me.