I know. I know. I sound crazy? I sound crazy. This is actually something I’ve been making for years. Is that weird? It’s not weird. It’s delicious. It was actually inspired by flipping through a cookbook and seeing a picture of something and thinking it sloppy joe lasagna. When I got to the actual recipe, it was some sort of Mexican lasagna. With tortillas. How’d I even get the two mixed up?
But the idea stuck in my head. And I couldn’t rattle it free. I love sloppy joes (true talk) and who doesn’t love lasagna? <– Crazies! That’s who. Like the total weirdo I am, I think I used to make this with Velveeta, because Josh loves the crap out of Velveeta. And American cheese… well, all cheese really. He even loves Daiya! No cheese or cheese substitute is safe when it’s within his reach. /endcheeserant
But sloppy joes, man. Eating them makes me feel 7. Making a lasagna out of it makes me feel like I’m feeding a 7 year old, but no! Just 20-somethings here. And all of the ultimate delicious comfort in the world.
3 roma tomatoes, chopped, or 8 oz mushrooms, chopped (or ¾ c additional “meat”)
2 c meat substitute such as soy crumbles or cooked lentils (or real meat, cooked and drained, if you roll that way)
9 lasagna noodles (I used whole wheat, pre-cook if using gluten free noodles)
6 slices of cheddar or American cheese (or cheddar-style Daiya)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz a 9 x 9 inch dish (or equivalent, mine was slightly longer and skinnier) with nonstick spray.
Mix together the sauce, water (decrease by ½ c if using precooked noodles), tomatoes, and “meat”.
Spread ½ c sauce on the bottom of the pan. Layer 3 noodles, spread 1 c (heaping) sauce mixture over top. Top with 3 slices of cheese, broken up. Add another 3 noodles, 1 c sauce, 3 noodles, remaining sauce, and the last of the cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove foil and broil for additional 1 – 2 minutes to melt cheese, if necessary.
Let cool slightly and cut into 6 slices. Serve hot. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Feel free to increase the cheese for a cheesier lasagna. If using American cheese or Daiya, it will pretty readily melt and you should not need to broil. Nutritional estimate uses wheat noodles, tomatoes, soy crumbles, and homemade sauce.