Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Simple Lasagna Recipe

I almost always make lasagna when it is my turn to bring a meal to someone as a ministry or a housewarming meal. You can freeze it, reheat it, and it taste just as good as the next day. I often times have someone ask me for my recipe, and honestly its almost too simple that I feel guilty giving the recipe out! So let’s get started!

Here is what you Need: 1 jar (32oz) of you favorite spaghetti sauce, 1/2 lb Italian ground sausage, 1/2 lb ground beef, oven ready lasagna noodles, *3 cups mozzarella cheese, 1 cup of ricotta cheese or cottage cheese, 1-2 eggs, 1tsp Italian seasoning, salt & pepper to taste.

*1 cup shredded and the rest~ just slice.

1st: In a large skillet over medium heat brown the Italian sausage & ground beef. Drain the grease. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

2nd: In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese or cottage cheese,1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.
3rd: To assemble, in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish evenly spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Cover with 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, & 1/4 cup sauce, & then *all of the cheese mixture.
*I only use cheese mixture in one layer~ it's easier & it all tastes the same!

4th: Now add 4 more noodles on top of cheese mixture. Then add about 3/4 cup of meat sauce. Top with sliced mozerella. Repeat noodles, reamaining meat sauce & sliced mozerella one more time. On the last layer add some italian seasoning & salt & pepper if you would like.

 Finally: Cover Lasagna with aluminum foil and place in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 min and remove foil and continue to bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes until done. Remove from oven & let sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing into.

This recipe is one of those you can change it up and you will not mess it up. If you want to change the flavors of your cheeses, add a different kind. I often mix in Parmesan cheese. I often double this recipe & freeze the second pan. You can also add more sauce, more meat & more cheese. Just try it & make it your own! I hope you love it as much as we do.


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