Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pimping my recipe for an apron

According to Kelly is having a giveaway for one of her super cute aprons. She's asking people to post their favorite recipes. Our families favorite is probably the lasana I make. It's from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. You know the red and white plaid tablecloth looking one?? The page is probably the most splattered page in my cookbook.


3/4 pound ground beef, ground pork, bulk pork sausage, or bulk Italian sausage. (I use 1 pound ground beef only)

1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1 7 1/2 ounce can tomatoes, cut up (I use a regular 14 or whatever size it is can, the whole thing)
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed (optional) NEVER USE IT
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
5 ounces lasagna noodles (6 noodles)
1 beaten egg
2 cups ricotta cheese or cream-sytle cottage cheese, drained (I used 1 small tub cottage cheese and just dump the whole thing in there)
1/2 cup grated Parmesean or Romano cheese (I use Parm and prob use 1 cup)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 8 ounce package sliced mozzarella cheese (I just buy the balls and cut them up)

Heat Oven to 375 (insert degree mark here lol)

For meat sauce, in a large saucepan cook meat, onion, and garlic till meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes; tomato sauce; tomato paste; basil; oregano; fennel if you use it; salt and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally.

Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain.

For filling, combine egg, ricotta or cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan or Romano cheese (I usually forget and dump all the Parmesan cheese, thus needing more later lol), and the parsley flakes.

Layer half the cooking noodles in a 12x7.5x2 inch baking dish. Spread with half of the filling. Top with half of the meat sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese atop.

Bake in a 375 oven for 30-35 minutes or till heated through.

Let stand 10 minutes. Serves 8

Make sure you get some french bread or sourdough bread to go with it, YUM!Pin It

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