I did something on Sunday night that I've never done before...make lasagna from scratch. I tried to pretend like I was snowed in last weekend but by Sunday I had developed a bad case of cabin fever. Chad and I decided to venture out and gathered the ingredients for lasagna. I followed a recipe by Pioneer Woman as she never lets me down.
- 1 1/2 pounds of hamburger meat (I used 85/15 mix)
- 1 pound of hot breakfast sausage
- 1 pound of mozzarella cheese
- 2 14.5oz cans of whole tomatoes
- 2 6oz cans of tomato paste
- Around 10 fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Lasagna noodles
- 3 cups of low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs

Okay lets get started. - In a large pan brown the hamburger and sausage over medium-high. Drain off the excess fat. - Add the whole tomatoes (juice and all) and the tomato paste. Season with salt, pepper, garlic (powder or minced or fresh...whatever floats your boat). I also added a few shakes of red pepper flakes because I like it hot! - Let that mixture simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. - Pre-heat the oven to 350 and start boiling some water to cook the lasagna noodles.

- Chopped up the fresh basil and parsley. Add half the herbs to the meat mixture and set aside the remaining herbs.
- In a medium bowl, mix the cottage cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and the rest of the herbs.
- Cook the lasagna noodles as directed on the package. Place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminium foil untill we are ready to use them.
- Now its time to start layering! In a rectangular baking dish begin my placing 4 noodles in the bottom. (The noddles will overlap).
- Next add 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture, sprinkle with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, then add a little less than half of the meat mixture.
-Repeat. You should end up with the meat mixture on top. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes. Allow the lasagna to set for 10 minutes before cutting.

It was delicious! Don't be afraid. Make it this weekend. You will thank yourself.


Mom said...

So that was what Marley was waiting to eat? Looks good!

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