20 January 2010

Lasagna

Adapted from Honpa Hongwanji cookbook.

1.5 t salt (I used less than 1 t)
1 t sugar
2 lbs. ground chuck (I used 2 lbs. Italian sausage and 1 lb. ground beef)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 t. pepper
3.5 c whole tomatoes (I used 2 cans diced)
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 small can mushrooms (I used a little under 1 lb. fresh)
1 pkg. spaghetti sauce mix (I used oregano, basil, and fennel to taste)
1/2 lb. lasagna noodles
1/2 lb. mozzarella
1/2 lb. ricotta
1/2 c. parmesan

Brown ground chuck with salt in deep saucepan. Add garlic and pepper. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, herbs. Saute mushrooms in separate pan and add to sauce. Cover and simmer 30-60 minutes. Meanwhile, cook noodles until tender. Drain; rise in cold water.

Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease 9x13x2 pan. (I also came across recipes that said to just put some sauce in the bottom of the pan; I think this might prevent sticking as well. I ended up doing both.) Cover with strips of noodles and add sauce, then slices of mozzarella cheese, spoonfuls of ricotta cheese. Repeat layer, ending with sauce. Top with parmesan cheese. (I didn't really understand the layers this recipe was talking about; not sure it really matters...)

Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese melts.

7 Comments:

At 7:03 AM , Blogger holly said...

how was it?

 
At 9:31 AM , Blogger Robyn said...

came out good! a little bit messy, like the layers slide off each other when you scoop it out of the pan, but some of my friends on FB are saying refrigerating can help with this. others are saying that's just how lasagna is.

 
At 6:12 AM , Blogger holly said...

i LOVE lasagna, but rarely make it. this is a good idea for our menu for next week. =)

i remember once i made spinach lasagna and it completely fell apart. but i think the last time i made it, with just the normal ingredients it was fine. hmmm... maybe more cheese in between layers to make it stick? but this does change the recipe.

 
At 10:43 AM , Blogger Robyn said...

yeah i love cheese! i definitely would not mind putting more!

 
At 11:37 AM , Blogger kristen said...

wow, i didn't know my sister made lasagna. i never have tried. sounds so hard.

 
At 11:51 AM , Blogger Robyn said...

it's not bad. it's like making spaghetti except you put it together and bake it after.

 
At 2:17 PM , Blogger holly said...

lasagna is awesome! i'm making some this week, just bought the ingredients last night! thanks for the idea Robyn. =)

 

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