Monday, August 30, 2010

Lasagna


Ingredients
1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 cup Onions, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
1 (28 ounce) Can of Crushed Tomatoes
2 (8 ounce) Cans of Tomato Sauce
2 (6 ounce) Cans of Tomato Paste
1/2 cup Water
2 T Sugar
2 t Basil
4 T Parsley
1 t Salt
1 t Italian Seasoning
1/2 t Pepper
23 ounces Ricotta Cheese
1/2 t Nutmeg
1 Egg
1 lb. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
12 Lasagna Noodles
–Serves 12 people–

Start with the following in a pot:

1 lb. Italian Sausage
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 cup Onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped


Brown the ground beef, Italian sausage, onions and garlic in a pot until they start to cook. It takes about 6 to 9 minutes to brown the meat. It is optional to remove the grease from the meat once it is finished browning, your choice.

Add the following:
1 (28 ounce) can of Crushed Tomatoes
2 (8 ounce) cans of Tomato Sauce
2 (6 ounce) cans of Tomato Paste
1/2 cup Water

Gently stir this into the cooking meat.

Add the following:
2 T Sugar
2 t Basil
2 T Parsley
1 t Salt
1 t Italian Seasoning
1/2 t Pepper

Gently stir these seasoning into the sauce.
Cover the pot and let the meat sauce simmer. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes This is the ideal simmer time but not mandatory. If you don’t have time it will still be great after one hour of simmering.

I will sometimes make this sauce and refrigerate it after it finishes simmering. I will use the meat sauce the next day to put the rest of this recipe together. For some reason Italian meat sauce taste even better the next day. But that’s up to you.

Soak 12 lasagna noodles.
The lasagna noodles need to be soaked in hot tap water for 15 minutes.

Put the following in a mixing bowl:
23 oz. Ricotta Cheese
1/2 t Nutmeg

Grate fresh nutmeg over the Ricotta cheese.

Add the following:
1 egg
2 T Parsley

Mix these ingredients together with a spoon

Now we start building the lasagna layers.
In a 9x13 pan layer as follows.
Meat Sauce- 2 cups
Lasagna Noodles-6 (shake off excess water)
Ricotta Cheese Mix- 1/2
Mozzarella Cheese- 1/2 Parmesan Cheese- 1/2
Meat Sauce- 2 cups
Noodles- 6
Ricotta Cheese Mix- the rest of it
Mozzarella & Parmesan (save some for a topping)
Meat Sauce- the rest of it
Mozzarella & Parmesan- the rest of it

Cover with foil
Bake at 350 for 25 min.
Remove foil and bake for another 25 min.

I found this recipe here. When I made this Brian said it was the best lasagna he ever tasted. I had never tried making lasagna before and it turned out well. We only made a 8x8 pan and it can feed 6. It was very good but takes 2-3 hours total, maybe make the meat sauce the day before.
-Laura

2 comments:

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

I usually don't think much of other peoples lasagna because I happen to love my own recipe but this looks fantastic! I would so try this!

Amateur Cook said...

Very well presented recipe Laura, with the colored text 'n all. You seem passionate about this recipe. I can see why, it looks absolutely delicious! ☼