Recipes Lasagna

A great and simple way to impress your family and friends is to make them a wonderful dinner. What better way to show off your skills then with food? Many people love Italian food. Most common Italian foods are pizza, spaghetti, and lasagna. Now, pizza and spaghetti are two very easy Italian foods to make, but lasagna? Sometimes, it can be very difficult to accomplish. You can choose between many ingredients that goes into a lasagna and you have to layer them three to four times. The hard part is finding the right combination of ingredients to put into “your” lasagna. This is a very simple, yet very delicious way to put together a lasagna that will not only impress people, but it will leave them wanting more.
1. What you will need
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees
1 pound of lasagna noodles
1/2 pound of ground beef
1/2 pound of pork sausage
1 cup of chopped onion (optional- I never use onions)
2 cloves minced garlic
1-8oz can of tomato sauce
1-8oz can of cut up tomato’s
1-6oz can of tomato paste
(or if you want to cheat, use a jar and a half of Ragu in your favorite flavor)
3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
2 eggs
1/2 pound ricotta cheese
2 cups of cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan and Romano mix cheese
6 oz mozzarella cheese
2. Making the Meat sauce and Cooking the noodles
A. First you will need to brown your ground beef and pork sausage in a medium sauce pan. Within your mix of meat, add the the minced garlic and onion and let cook until meat is brown all the way through. Drain the fat off of your meat when done.
B. Add your tomato sauce, paste, un-drained tomato’s (or Ragu), Italian seasoning and pepper into your meat mix and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover. Let the meat sauce simmer for about 15 minutes. Make sure that you stir occasionally.
C. While the meat sauce is simmering, cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot for about 12 minutes (or whatever the package directs), or cook until they are tender.
3. Making the Cheese filling
A. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta, cottage, Parmesan, Romano cheeses, and 4oz of the mozzarella cheese. You can also add some Italian seasoning to your cheese filling if desired. A few shakes of the spice mix should do.
4. Layering the ingredients
A. In a 13X9″ baking pan, cover the bottom with the cooked noodles, making sure you overlap each noodle.
B. Spread some of the cheese mix on to the noodles. Make sure that the cheese is evenly distributed.
C. Pour the meat sauce over the cheese mix, making sure again this is evenly distributed.
D. Repeat until all the ingredients are gone.
E. Top off your lasagna with the other 2 ounces of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle some Parmesan and Romano mix on top as well.
5. Baking your masterpiece
A. Bake if your oven at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes or until heated all the way through.
B. Let stand for 10-12 minutes before serving.
C. Makes anywhere from 8-10 servings.
Now, I’m no chef, but even though this is a very simple way to make lasagna, it will taste like you have been cooking it all day long. I am not one to chop up fresh seasonings, or add off the wall spices, but when I cook this lasagna, the whole family complements. Preparation and baking takes no more than an hour and fifteen minutes from start to finish and after only a few minutes to devour! So enjoy your lasagna and have fun making it.