Southern Belle Cooks: Poor Man Lasagna

I love poor man lasagna! Not only is in easy to make it is great tasting too. I know the name sounds strange but it says it all, it is a way to make lasagna on a budget. I have googled poor man lasagna before and have found a few different recipes actually. This may have other names but this is what we have called this since I was a kid. Basically all it is boxed mac and cheese, spaghetti sauce, and cheese. Now you can add meat to it if you would like, that is the other great thing about it, you can add what you want and make it your own. Usually I use just Kroger brand mac and cheese or Kraft mac and cheese, this time I used the Anne’s mac and cheese. I have always wanted to try it and figured this was as good as time as any. I also added some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to my spaghetti sauce to give it a little more flavor. The key to good poor man lasagna is making it to your taste. Here is how I made my most recent batch…I prepared the mac and cheese like it said on the box. Usually I just use the sauce right out of the jar and do not add anything to it. But this time since I added some flavor to it, I let it cook on low for about 20 minutes before I even started the mac and cheese. Just enough to let the extra Italian seasoning and garlic flavor cook in a bit. After the mac and cheese was done I poured in the spaghetti sauce and mixed it all together. I used to boxes of mac and cheese and 1 1/3 jars spaghetti sauce but again it’s all about your taste. If you like more sauce add it, if you want the mac and cheese to stand out more add less sauce, if you like meat add it. There is no right or wrong way. Usually after I mix the spaghetti sauce and mac and cheese together I would pour it in a baking dish throw some cheese on time and cook till the cheese was nice and golden brown. Since I was making mine for lunches for work and I was running out of time. I just put the mixture into three good size microwavable containers and throw some Italian blend cheese on top. Then when I heated it up for lunch the cheese melted, it was not golden brown, but it was nice and melted. I hope you all enjoy!

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