Lulabelle Cooks Without a Net: Spaghetti Casserole

Tonight’s blog is late because Chad and I were given the opportunity to take our friends dinner. They just came home after giving birth and are just settling into a new routine.

I wanted to blog what I made because it’s a very simple meal that is nutritious if you are a new mamma, or if you are home from the hospital due to surgery, or if you are just having a low energy day due to anxiety and depression.

Start by boiling a good amount of noodles-they can be any kind. I happened to use the Amish noodles I bought at the store. They were short and flat. Salt the water if you wish.

After draining the noodles, put them into a good sized casserole dish. They should cover the entire bottom of the dish.

Next, open a can of spinach or another vegetable. I used frozen since I’d made another dish with canned veggies earlier in the week. If you use canned, remember to drain them before adding them to the dish.

You can use any vegetable you want, I happened to use frozen spinach because that is what we had on hand, and it’s a good source of iron for nursing mamma’s.

Then you can add a can of kidney beans if you wish. Our new mamma isn’t a fan of hamburger, so I made this meatless, adding kidney beans for protein. If you add meat, you can skip this step if you wish.

Add one jar (if space allows-if not, use half) of spaghetti sauce. If you are making this for a new mamma, make sure it doesn’t have complicated spices such as garlic or a spicy pepper blend. These kinds of foods can get into breast milk and upset baby’s tummy.

Lastly, bring on the cheese! I used a sharp shredded variety and used enough to cover the very top of the dish.

Pop it into the oven at 350 till the cheese melts and enjoy!

Bon Appetit’!

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