Friday, May 27, 2011

Mom's Easy Lasagna

It's not the easiest lasagna recipe out there (those would be with no-bake noodles) or the most authentic Italian, but it's pretty stinkin' easy and yummy. Serve with a big salad and some breadsticks.

Mom's Easy Lasagna
9 lasagna noodles (at least half whole wheat)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb. hamburger meat, cooked and drained (opt.)
16 oz. ricotta (or cottage) cheese
1 egg
1 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 c. mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Get a big pot of water boiling. Add lasagna noodles and cook until al dente.
3. Meanwhile, grease a 13" x 9" baking pan. Mix spaghetti sauce and hamburger.
4. Mix ricotta, the egg, basil, and salt and pepper to taste in a separate bowl.
5. The layering: Spread about 1/4 cup sauce on the bottom. Layer 3 noodles, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, 1/3 sauce, and a teeny bit of cheese. Repeat. Place remaining 3 noodles on the top with the remaining sauce and cheese.
6. Put in oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Use your broiler for an additional couple of minutes, until the cheese is browned on top. Let it rest after you take it out of the oven. Then serve warm!

3 comments:

  1. looks mucho delicious! yum! :)

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  2. Looks very good. I always use cottage cheese too for a little bit lower fat plus ricotta cheese is so expensive!

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  3. I Love basic Lasagna!! Too many lasagna recipes out there now that don't use ricotta cheese. WTF?? I LOVE Ricotta cheese and no way would eat lasagna without it! i also like how your recipe just calls for pasta sauce instead of having to make it from scratch. cuz i don't have time to make pasta sauce when the store bought tastes perfectly fine to me

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