Oh So Easy Lasagna!

Friday, February 18, 2011

EASY HOMEMADE LASAGNA
This recipe has been a favorite in our family for a long time and is so easy to prepare. I made it often when my boys were both still in high school because you can feed a crowd! Add a nice green salad and good Italian bread and everyone is happy!

Ingredients:
One small box of lasagna noodles, prepare as directed
2 lbs. ground beef, browned and drained
1 chopped onion (saute in 1 teaspoon olive oil until done)
1 large jar of your favorite prepared marinara sauce, or 2 small jars (28 ozs. each)
1 16 oz. container of Cottage Cheese
Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (about 4 cups)
Shredded Mozzarella cheese (about 4 cups)
Shredded Parmesan cheese (about 2 cups)

1. Brown ground beef, add cooked onion and prepared pasta sauce
and simmer for at least 30 minutes - longer if you have the time.
2. Boil lasagna noodles in water, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and about 1 Tablespoon
of oil to the water so the noodles won't be sticky. Do not overcook the pasta,
 it should be slightly firm as you will bake the lasagna as well.
3. Ladle a layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish.
4. Next, place a layer of lasagna noodles over the sauce.
5.  Now cover the noodles with more meat sauce (be generous) and
 then dollop the cottage cheese as shown below:
6. Be more generous and sprinkle 2 cups each of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top!
7.  REPEAT THE LAYERS ONE MORE TIME!
 Lasagna noodles, more meat sauce, cottage cheese dollops, 
and then shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.

8. Finish with the Parmesan cheese.
9.  Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees until cheese melts
 and the lasagna is nice and bubbly!

10.  Before you slice and serve the lasagna, it is important to let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy and be blessed!  Every day you have together with your family...every meal shared around the table...they are gifts from God.  


4 Responses:

Patty said...

Our family loves lasagna and I am now craving it! lol Your lasagna looks delicious. I still stand by my comment that you need a cooking show. I think there is room for you and Paula Deen. :))

How did your planting go yesterday? I am going to plant sugar snap peas. They are so good. :)

Have a wonderful weekend on the farm.
Love you,
Patty

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

This looks SO good! I'm drooling I'm sure! ha

Hope you're enjoying this nice springtime weather!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

Yolanda said...

Looks delicious! Italian is one of my favorite styles of food.

Yolanda-Ks.

Deidre said...

Looks yummy, Jan! Now I'm craving lasagna for my crew this week. Thanks!

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