A couple of weeks ago I thought I had a fail when I was making supper. I bought a pack of rotini noodles. It was a brand I don’t typically use. I ended up overcooking them and then they had a starchy taste. I wasn’t impressed at all.
I had the family coming for supper. AHH!! What was I going to feed them now that the noodles were bad?
Well, I’m on a kick to not waste food so I started trying to think how I was going to salvage this supper.
I ended up getting some Yard Sauce from the freezer. (Yard Sauce is something I make and freeze when the garden is producing. HERE is the recipe) I got a pound of hamburger and a pound of sausage. I found some bacon cheese in the refrigerator along with some pepperoni and doctored something together in a layered hotdish lasagna sort of way.
I served it for super half apologizing. Everyone LOVED it and went on and on about how it was so good. I agreed. It was really good.
A few days later the same people were all gathered. We were again eating supper and the conversation turned to how good the previous supper of the hotdish lasagna was and could I make it again. DARN. I don’t know if I can.
So…what’s a mom to do but try? We ended up having a family potluck picnic and I decided to try to make it again. I thought I would take some pictures as I go so maybe if it turns out again, I’ll have some kind of recipe.
Here I have the cooked noodles and the fried hamburger, pork sausage, and chopped onion along with the yard sauce. I had plenty of basil in the garden so added some extra along with more fresh garlic. We’re a garlic family. I cooked the yard sauce down until more of the water was absorbed.
Then…I started layering it all up in a cake pan.
Noodles, sauce, cheese (I had bacon cheese), and pepperoni.
Then the rest of the noodles, the rest of the sauce, and pepperoni.
Then I topped it with cheese. This was a mix.
I popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Can you believe I forgot to take a picture of the finished dish??? AH!! I did.
This batch was really good and everyone agreed that it was really good.
Later Kalissa was telling me that there’s a new television show out from the Pioneer Woman. It’s something about cooking on a low budget. Kalissa said I need to get on the show as I’d win for sure. I went on to explain to Kalissa that I can cook low budget and it’s good but what I’m best at is figuring out some way to make something now so tasty or past its prime turn into something really good.
The problem is that I can’t replicate the recipe…This time I did okay but next time, who knows?
I rarely use a recipe if I am making a main dish meal for supper. I just look in the frig or freezer and be inspired by what I see. Often whatever it is that I find inspires the next meal.
How about you? Are you a recipe user??