* Thanks,Jessie!!

O.K. Here it begins. This is the first in many posts designed to help you have THE- BEST- SIMPLE- EASY- TONS- OF- FUN- EVENINGS with dear friends, acquaintances, business associates, relatives.....anyone!! We will give you menus and/or recipes and/or game plans and/or other stuff to enable you to plan stress free easy evenings. You can then  engage your guests, feed your friends, spoil your loved ones and do all sorts of "giving- foodie- playtime- things" for those near and dear to you.

We recognize that busy lives dictate finding a way to make it fun and simple and unique... all at the same time. And we insist that this is all possible.  So here begins our hints and ideas and recipes and photos and plans and whatever. Many told to you in story and discovery form. Hopefully with a few laughs or a couple of "ah-ha's" along the way. Send us your comments and tell us what you think. But I gotta tell you, we're havin' a ball.

There are two NewYear's Day food stories. This is one of them.

Bacon Boy and I decided to cook "Fake Lasanga". Its easier than the real thing and if you ignore the fact that the noodles are the wrong shape... ( or just plain close your eyes)...the taste, man...the taste... is phenomenal!! So what you do is this. You and a friend (or your very own Bacon Boy ) cook this lovely dish together. You drink martinis. You make two "beauty- TEE- full " baking dishes full of the stuff. You eat one as a reward for dinner and the other YOU FREEZE ( before baking) and its the main course for another interactive night that we will refer to in a later post. A night where you invite 4 other friends and part of the dinner is already done. And this is NOT a frozen casserole we are talking about....Oh no.... This is one key gourmet item ingredient for a later "awesome- tasty- friend lovin' it -can't wait for a repeat invitation" night. And you, the host(s) are not exhausted.You are having a great time.

(Sorry about all the hyphenated words, but I'm in a mood for it while telling a story here...)

STEP 1: Have fun making this, eating one serving and freezing the rest. Don't use the frozen part until we tell you to . Make certain you supplement your cooking with a nice "martin "( Saucy's word for a vodka martini...super dry with olives, in a beautiful glass with lots of ice) or  chose another favorite personal cocktail. Dark rum, anyone?

STEP 2: Here's the recipe:

     S&BB's FAKE LASAGNA                                              

NOTE: We did NOT make this recipe up. Sadly, we cannot take credit for it. But we did TINKER with it when the recipe passed along to us sometime ago. It came to us from a pal who was given it by another pal and so on and so on....

1 pound of penne ( We like gluten free rice pasta ( you cannot tell the difference in this dish) , but its up to you
Cook pasta according to instructions. Rinse in a colander in cold water and then dry as much as possible with paper towels. Set aside.

1/8 c olive oil
1 large onion finely chopped
1 lb ground lamb
1 lb ground veal
1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes,drained
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp chopped fresh marjoram
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley

Saute onion in olive oil first , for about 5 minutes. Then add meat, breaking up with spoon and cooking till brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add rest of ingredients above and set aside in a large glass bowl.

Make bechamel sauce. Melt 1 stick unsalted butter over medium heat in a dutch oven pot. Add 3/4 cup flour and whisk constantly for 2 minutes. Whisking still constantly, add 1 quart of whole milk.Increase the heat to moderate high and KEEP WHISKING till sauce thickens. Maybe 5 minutes. Then remove from heat. ( If sauce too thick ...add in a bit more milk) Add 1 cup finely grated, good quality parmesan cheese and 2 egg yolks. Season to taste with salt and tabasco sauce. ( add teensy amounts of drops of  tabasco and taste as you go, you want to accent the cheese only). Remove 1 and1/2 cups of sauce from the pot and keep aside.

NOW. Mix pasta, meat mixture and sauce FROM THE POT together in the glass bowl. Check that seasoning is acceptable and adjust. Then put mixture in two baking dishes(buttered) . Spread reserved sauce on the top. Glob it on in numerous chunks, don't smooth it out all "neat like"

 BAKE the one you will eat tonight at 350F for 30 minutes. (Freeze the other one before baking.)

Baking is done when dish bubbles aggressively. Then brown the top of your fake lasagna under broiler till golden.

Oh. And make yourself some garlic bread at the end by spreading lovely baguette slices with good quality store bought garlic butter, sprinkle with a few pinches of grated parm cheese and broil.

Note to all broiling. Watch carefully. It will only take a minute or so....

Enjoy your portion with a green salad and feel free to sprinkle your pasta serving with dried chilies.. Oh and some robust red wine...

STEP 3: Here are some tempting photos:

onions begin to saute in olive oil

2 types of meat are added

 then the chopped,drained tomatoes

starting to make the bechamel. If your wrist gets sore,you are doing it correct!!

Nice-a, nice.....

One for you and one to freeze for later. DO NOT BAKE now, the one targeted 4  l8r !!

Glob on in dabs the reserved sauce. Do not smooth out.


This, after going under the broiler....

In our pretty bowls with the garlic bread added....

ENJOY, folks . Stay tuned for when, how and where to use the stuff you just put in the freezer. We plan on inviting Dr Sam Spade, Ace -girl and two others over for an evening very soon. Included will be Fake Lasagna and more ....

SAUCY  (and one from Bacon Boy)


  1. You know I'm gonna LOVE this. Just slaved over a chicken mince lasagna all day today, and now I see this. It's a breeze & I'm loving it!

  2. Looks gorgeous! I love lasagna in just about any form, so this one would be delicious, I'm sure.

  3. This looks wonderfully gooey, creamy and yummy!

  4. That looks so comforting and delicious! i like the step by step pictures.

  5. Yowza! We're trying this, not kidding. Looks and sounds FAB... tHANKS FOR THE email.. YOU bery funy ledy! So happy you're back and kikin butt. You kill me. YUMMMMMM OOOOHHH.. here's a huge secret.. I don't only do sandwiches. We cook other stuff all the time.. Tonite it's Adobo. Later will be a sandwich. Say hello to the gang. aLL the bery best. K

  6. Hey everybody,thanks for all the great comments. Sauc and the gang really appreciate it.
    More l8r

  7. That looks fabulous! I was scrolling down thinking "I wonder why they call it a fake lasagne" but you know I think this one is much easier to dish up and share! :D

  8. It looks like a fabulous meal! Cant wait to see the dinner party with the other lasagna! Fun post!

  9. wow!! m loving ye blog! first visit here and totally impressed!! drool worthy :) hope ye had a great holiday! cheers and happy new year 2010!

  10. I was confused why you don't call this a pasta bake but actually fake lasagne does sound more intriguing!

  11. Hello there, saucy! Your blog looks great - i just started 'following'! So lovely to see you and 'bacon boy' the other night!
    - Carolyn (Daughter of... Dr. Spade? :)

  12. Thanks everyone for the comments. Really appreciated. And I'm enjoying a whole bunch, visiting all your blogs.

    No,no.. not a "pasta bake". That lovely bechamel sauce makes it fool you into believing its lasagna....if you don't peak!! Sarah is bang on..."Fake Lasagna" works much better as a name. Sexy,huh..?

    Be talkin' with y'all soon

    Happy New Year

  13. Gee it doesn't look fake to me, it looks just like real food! Does it come with friends? I love when cheese gets all bubbly and brown on top and I love martinis too!

  14. That looks awesome! When it comes to cheese and pasta, you can't go wrong.

  15. Love fake lasagne....I also have a version :-) using Schiaffoni pasta (large tubes), torn into two. I layered it with some chilli cin carne and topped with cheese, for a great appetiser!!!!!!! Love the fact that this can be call it what you like! Happy New Year.

  16. cheesy, garlicky goodness - this looks so tasty!

  17. so creamy and cheesy...I want the whole dish to myself!

  18. Ohhhhh...... and I am on a diet. I hope you realise I will probably dream about this? Roll on end of diet! I'll make this to celebrate.

  19. This looks fab!! I'm bookmarking it to try veggie-style!
    ms. butterpants

  20. LOVE it!


    p.s. you totally have to call it Faux-sagna or something like it.

  21. This looks and sounds so delicious, I think I'm going to have it for my once weekly splurge meal. I'm trying to lose a few pounds, but this recipe will be worth the extra exercise!
    Thanks, Saucy!!

  22. m loving this fake lasagna ;) hehe loving ye presentation!!

  23. Hey Saucy Girl. I'm in here looking for ya. Hope all's well and that you have plenty cookin in your corner of the world. I'm busy too, and on the verge of starting a new blog on wordpress. Not food related, fine tuning ideas when what I really should be doing is earning money. More later. Have a great January. Love, Keri (oops, not signed in so will show as anonymous)

  24. Yum this is even better than traditinal lasagna cause everything and the flavors are all mixed up! Love it!