Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you no one would believe it.
That’s it! I have to admit this. I love Olive Garden’s Soup and Salad Combo. I can’t get enough of the crisp salad, fluffy breadsticks, and melt in your mouth minestrone soup.
After seeing Marilyn Hagerty get torn apart by the press for her commonplace review of Olive Garden, I felt ashamed to admit how much I like the place. It makes me happy that I can go anywhere in the United States and know exactly what I am going to get when I order.
People are creatures of habit, and sometimes we just need the comfort of familiarity and common things. I’m not saying that I don’t prefer local fares, but I am saying that sometime I choose consistency. My husband, on the other hand, thinks that Olive Garden has nothing on this dish.
1 package oven-ready lasagna (about 12 pieces)
1 (32 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, 1-cup mozzarella, and garlic.
2. Pour ¼ pasta sauce on bottom of baking dish. Layer lasagna on top.
3. Spread cheese mixture on top of noodles. I found it easier to spread it directly onto the noodles and then place in the dish.
4. Top with ¼ pasta sauce. Continue layering noodles, cheese, and sauce.
5. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with foil.
6. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 5-10 minutes until mozzarella cheese has melted.
This lasagna is so tasty that I would choose to get my protein from the spinach any day. My meat-loving husband even agreed.
My favorite part about lasagna is the crispiness from the edge pieces. With the soft, cheesy center, it makes for the perfect bite.
I feel like Garfield because I can’t get enough of this lasagna. This is comfort food at its best.
Now if only I had a server ready with fresh Parmesan cheese.
What is your favorite chain restaurant?