After laying all my careful plans for Thanksgiving and our Anniversary last week I neglected to notice a small addition to our guest list.
Seems Mr. Murphy had invited himself to spend time with us in the form of the Flu and Bronchitis for two.
By Tuesday night both Molly and I were nestled all snug in our bed where fever and Nyquil fueled dreams danced in our heads. That’s been pretty much the entire week from when last I left you.
I have a hard time calling this an issue. Think of it more as leftovers or the raw produce that I would have eventually simmered into one had I the time and strength to arise from my bed.
I’ve limited time before my strength flags, I take more meds and a nap so let me just say one more thing before we get started:
For the Love of God get a Flu Shot!
Problem is I’ve had just 3 cups of instant in a week now. It’s just too hard and too much effort to load the coffee maker.
You’ve probably had enough of Turkey for a while and of cooking if you’re the cook. So here is a fast easy dinner sure to be a hit. It even travels well.
Mock Pizza Casserole
Prep Time: 20 Min | Cook Time: 1 Hr
2 lb your choice of meats – ground beef, Italian sausage, ham, pepperoni
2 jar(s) spaghetti sauce
24 + oz mozzarella cheese
1/3 c parmesan cheese
Your choice of veggies, grn pepper, onion, olives, your favorite. Pizza toppings.
1 bag(s) noodles, 1 lb, I like the bowties in this
Your choice of vegies, olives, onion, mushrooms, green peppers, peppers, spinach … Whatever!
1 Boil noodles to al dente. Grease a 9x13x3 dish.
Divide noodles, sauce and cheeses into 3rds.
2 Layer 1 noodles, sauce, cheese, 1 meat and veggie (ground beef and olives)
Layer 2 noodles, sauce, cheese, 1 meat and veggie (pepperoni and mushrooms)
Layer 3 noodles, sauce, cheese, 1 meat and veggie (Italian sausage and green peppers).
3 Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes so it can set up a bit… Then DIG IN!
BTW the foil lined cookie sheet under it in the photo is a really good idea while baking this. Unless, that is, you like cleaning your oven.
That’s it. That’s all I got I’m spent. I’m off to do a thread count on my pillowcase from a face down prone position.