Mock Lasagna Casserole
This is another Better Homes and Gardens recipe from the book "Good Food On a Budget" that was published in 1971. I didn't make it often but, when I did, Lorien loved it and that is what I wrote in my cookbook. She probably doesn't remember that but it's a little piece of the family food history.
1 pound bulk pork sausage (It's quite possible that I sometimes used ground beef)
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce (2 cups)
½ teaspoon each garlic salt, pepper, and dried basil leaves, crushed
1 7-ounce package macaroni (or other small pasta), cooked and drained
1½ cups cream-style cottage cheese
6 ounces process American cheese, shredded (1½ cups)
Brown the meat; drain off fat. Add tomato sauce, garlic salt, pepper, basil, and ½ cup water. Cover; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a 2-quart casserole layer half each macaroni, cottage cheese, and meat sauce. Repeat. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.