June 3, 2008
My mother-in-laws lasagna!!! Definitely worth ***** (5 starts). Many people think that lasagna is hard to make...it's NOT if I can make it so can you! It is however kind of time consuming (unless you cut corners, like using the lasagna noodles that you just bake, you know the ones you don't have to boil...but someone in our house doesn't care for those kind of noodles so I boil mine).
Here's the how to make the sauce..
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic (I used minced garlic that you refrigerate)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tbs basil
2 cans (15 0z) tomatoes
2 small cans of tomato paste
Brown the meat, drain the greese, add rest of ingredients simmer for 30-45 min.
2 eggs (beat)
24 ounces cottage cheese (I use this instead of ricotta b/c it is a lot cheaper)
2 tbs parsley
1/2 cup parmesean cheese (grated)
Mix all these ingredients together (set aside)
Boil 9 lasagna noodles
Now for the layering:
In a 9x13 (or 2 9x9 you will just have to cut the noddles in half) put a little bit of the sauce at the bottom of the glass dish to help noodles not to stick, then place 3 noodles in the bottom spread 1/2 of the sauce on top of the noodles, then layer 1/2 of the cheese mixture on that, then place 3 noodles on top of that, then the sauce, then again with the cheese mixture, and then add the last 3 noodles on top of that. Then add shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese on top of that.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
NOTE: You can also freeze this, just put it altogether (I do not add the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese until I'm ready to bake it) place saran wrap over the top and then the lid and keep it in the freezer. One good idea is to double the recipe make one big one for your family and 2 small ones (9x9) freeze the 2 small ones and then you have either a quick meal for yourself or if there is a someone that is in need of a meal you pop it out of the freezer and take a bag of mixed shredded cheese to that person.
Here's a picture of A enjoying some of the Lasagna!!