I've never been a huge fan of making lasagna. Yes, I just wrote that in the opening of a post about making lasagna. Oh boy. Those giant noodles?!?. They can be impossible to manage. They break or fall apart and don't get me started when they stick together in a globby mess you can't separate. And the ones you assemble raw? I don't understand them. Also, for some reason, I don't enjoy them the way I enjoy a thin spaghetti, vermicelli or angel hair. So forget about big-noodle lasagna. Let's make the ultimate spaghetti lasagna instead.
Spaghetti lasagna feeds a crowd and also freezes well for later!
This ultimate spaghetti lasagna is perfect to feed a crowd. Sunday night dinner? No problem. Even if you're only making this dish for four people, it's perfect. Why? Because you will have lots of leftovers for lunch. I often cook with leftovers in mind. Eating out lunch is extremely expensive these days, so why not make a little more than you need?
Another thing I do is I try to make food that freezes well. I can't always do this, but with this spaghetti lasagna it works out great. After the lasagna has been in the refrigerator overnight, simply cut it into squares, wrap in plastic and stick it in the freezer for another night.
Big batch spaghetti sauce to the rescue!
As you may remember, I made my Mom's Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce a while back. I know, I know - your life is busy and you might not always have the time to make a batch of spaghetti sauce. OR - you have already made my mom's awesome sauce and all you have to do is take a couple of frozen containers out of your freezer and you're good to go.
Of course, I do prefer using my homemade sauce for this, but you can also use your favorite jarred sauce as well. Since I posted my mom's spaghetti sauce recipe last year, I've been trying to include recipes on my site that use this sauce. Like my Outrageous Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Towers w/Cheesy Ricotta Blend and my Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake. If you've made this sauce and needed some ideas - these are a great jumping off point.
This is a fantastic meal to make for family and friends. Everyone will love you for preparing this for the next special gathering or Sunday night dinner. The tradition of sharing meals and conversation is so important in life. It's a time to slow down for a minute, eat delicious homemade food, and talk to each other about how life is going. Let's try to make time for that. I know, for me, I always feel better when I do.Print