This is my entry in the Dorm food contest, because it is very fast and requires no special equipments and yet healthy, tasty and filling.
Though I am no longer a student or living in a dorm use this recipe quite often since it is quick no doubt and absolutely no compensation on taste.
A perfect meal when I am too tired or running out of time to cook.
Step 1: Ingredients:
you will need a microwave proof dish and a microwave( yes you could make it in an oven too but will take much longer than 20 minutes.
Pasta: Lasagna sheets or any other flat noodles.
1 can tomato salsa
spinach fresh leaves(around 2cups)-I use the spinach from salad packs
soft cream cheese- I use ricotta but philadelphia would work as well.
grated cheese of your choice( cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan)
Optional spices- nutmeg powder, herbs like thyme/ basil, pepper,
salt to taste
Step 2: Process
wash and dry the spinach leaves.
stir the soft cheese with 2Tbs milk -season with your choice of spices and salt.
Start arranging in layers.
First spread a layer of tomato salsa
Cover this with a layer of pasta sheets/noodles
then a thick layer of spinach leaves, followed by cheese sauce.
Repeat these layers in the same order till your dish fills up to the brim.-the last layer should be that of the cheese sauce. Sprinkle a thick cheese layer as a final step.
Step 3: Microwaving
Place the dish in the microwave and set the heat on a medium for 20 min. In my case it is 650W.
Let it cook for 20 minute.
After 2o minutes get the dish with a cloth or cooking gloves and let it cool a bit.
Be careful while handling the dish- it is very hot and steam from it can cause burns.
The Lasagna is ready...absolutely amazing- no compensation in taste or in texture!