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Lasagna in a Bun

Lasagna in a Bun                                                                                  Photo from Taste of Home

People don’t know how to drive. What is wrong with everyone? Most folks on the road need a refresher course in using a turn signal and how NOT to block an intersection when the light changes. Or how about what those stop bars painted on the road actually mean? And this one – yes, we still know you’re texting even if you have your phone in your lap. Seriously? Everyone needs to just get away from me. Needless to say, it’s exhausting just driving home from work. Most days, the first thing I hear when I come in the door is “what’s for dinner?”  Again, seriously?  If you’ve been here with the food all day, you should have figured out a way to put some of it together and make a meal.

*deep breath*  Venting complete.

So on those kind of days, this is one of our favorite recipes to quickly and easily have one of our favorite not-so-quick recipes. Lasagna in a Bun is simple…almost mindless really. I will usually serve these with Caesar salad and some fruit. If you have a sturdy roll, they make yummy leftovers, too!

(inspired by a recipe from Taste of Home)

Ingredients

8 hoagie buns or your favorite rolls, about 8 inches long

1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey – I usually use turkey (don’t tell my husband!)

1 cup spaghetti sauce, prepared or your own

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Make a 2-inch wide v-shaped cut in the center of each bun to within  1 inch of the bottom of the bread. Remove cut portion and save for something else. (I recommend making a few croutons to top your salads that go with this!)

2. In a large skillet, cook the meat over medium heat until cooked through.  Drain. Add the spaghetti sauce, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Cook for 25 minutes on medium-low heat.

3. Meanwhile, combine the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, parsley (if using), half of the cheddar cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Spoon the meat sauce into the buns. Top with the cheese mixture.

5. Place on a baking sheet and cover loosely with foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and return to the oven for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

Turn signals, people…turn signals!  OK, definitely done now…