Who doesn't LOVE Lasagne? My family does, in fact its the one meal the kids actually ask for, that doesn't include nuggets, fish fingers or chips.
But making Lasagne is time consuming and expensive and there's never enough for everyone, the next night. So, after the kids asked for lasagne one night and when I said I didn't have lasagne sheets, they asked for Macaroni and cheese. Now anyone who knows me well, will know I don't like Mac n Cheese (not at all!), but I decided to kind of combine the two and see what happened.
Disclaimer: While I totally made this out of my head, I don't doubt that this has been dreamt up by others and called a variety of other names. I have not discovered this recipe on the web or pinterest, but it may be there ;-)
1 Cup (or more) Bolognaise sauce ( I used left over savory minced beef with a tomato pasta sauce)
White sauce (enough to cover the pasta)
Bag of pasta shells, spirals, penne - whatever you have on hand
Cheese for the topping.
Set the oven to 180 degrees Celcius (approx 356 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pour the uncooked bag of pasta into a pyrex baking dish.
Add the bolognaise sauce and combine with the pasta to evenly distribute.
Make up a really thin white sauce and pour over the pasta in the dish - make sure the white sauce covers the pasta.
Season to taste.
Cover and bake for approx 40 minutes or until the pasta has absorbed all the sauce and is soft. Be careful not to over cook and dry out it.
It will look like this with out the cheese.....
Sprinkle a generous helping of cheese over the top of the pasta bake and set it back in the oven for another 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and is starting to brown...
Serve with a salad and crusty bread rolls! This dish really does taste pretty close to lasagne and has become a weekly staple in our house, we all love it!
Let me know if you have a similar family recipe - I would love some more ideas.