I made the FREE lasagna! Mostly free, anyway. The Pony was my sous chef.
We started with ground beef that I had in the freezer. Not exactly free. Farmer H said he'd rather have hamburger in it than the free crumble sausage from the Ponytail Guy. So I fried the ground beef while The Pony worked on the sauce.
He used a packet of the spaghetti sauce from the FREE box of food we had on the table from the Ponytail Guy. It had a delicious smell, like the sauce in the can from a box Chef Boyardee pizza mix. He also added some 4-cheese spaghetti sauce from an open jar in FRIG II. We're a saucy family. Some minced garlic was stirred in. And a packet of sugarless sweetener, because we like a sweet sauce.
THEN The Pony buttered my glass baking dish. I think it's Pyrex. About 20 years old. Maybe older. It's the 9 X 9 size.
"Oh, look! It's rose-colored. I'm looking through rose-colored glass! Ha ha!"
"Um. You're looking through STAINED glass from years of popping grease buildup that won't wash off. I'm pretty sure the color of that glass is amber."
"It's just the right size."
Indeed. The imported organic no-boil lasagna noodles fit two-to-a-layer in my square dish. First went a layer of sauce on the bottom of the buttered pan. Then two noodles. More sauce. Hamburger. And the cheese.
The FREE blocks of cheese were over in the BARn. With a fresh layer of freezing rain that kept us from making our semi-monthly casino trip, I didn't want to send Farmer H or The Pony over to get one. So I used a bag of shredded mozzarella that expired on Jan 29 that was in FRIG II. It was unopened, and smelled fine.
We got four complete layers in the lasagna, and added a noodle/sauce/cheese layer to the top. I covered the dish with foil, and put it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. With 10 minutes left, I took off the foil. Here's the result:
A piece of ground beef almost escaped!
The Pony took the first piece. He was willing to sacrifice it if the digging-out-with-a-spatula process had gone awry. It came out perfectly! There it is, on our finest china, the small coated paper plate.
There are the layers. You can't see the cheese very well. The noodles were fork-tender. I must say, I'm not a lasagna fan, but I'd eat this version again! We all had huge portions. Farmer H and The Pony loved it. In fact, The Pony ate the remaining portion for seconds.
We still have a whole pack and half the current pack of lasagna noodles left. I might talk the guys into a sausage version eventually. But I don't mind buying Save A Lot ground beef. It's the best in Hillmomba.