Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lots O' Meat Lasagna

I have been meaning to post this recipe for years.  My friend Regan makes this lasagna and it's soooooooooooo amazingly tasty.  It's originally a Paula Dean Recipe via the foodnetwork.  I love to make lasagna and cut it into squares and freeze it by the square so that I can eat it over....and over....and over again.  It's summer now so I'm cooking, and baking, and making lots of goodies.
Lots O' Meat Lasagna
Ingredients:  1 1/2 lb ground chuck, 1 lb ground Italian sausage, 1 onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 t. ground oregano, 1 t. ground basil, 1/4 t. salt, 1/4 t. pepper, 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (with basil, garlic, and oregano), 30 oz of tomato sauce, 6 oz tomato paste, 1 1/2 c. small curd cottage cheese, 5 oz grated Parmesan Cheese, 2 T chopped parsley, 2 large eggs, 9 oven-ready lasagna noodles, 16 oz mozzarella cheese
Instructions:  
1.  In a large saucepan, combine sausage and chuck, onion, and garlic.  Cook over medium heat until browned and crumbled.  Drain.
2.  Add oregano, basil, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and paste.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
3.  In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan, and parsley.
4.  Layer:
-1/4 of the sauce on the bottom of a 9x13x2 inch pan.
-3 uncooked noodles (don't overlap)
-Spread 1/3 of the cottage cheese mix on the noodles.
-1/4 of the sauce
-1/3 of the Mozzarella cheese
-Repeat cottage cheese, sauce, Mozzarella layers again
-Top with sauce.
-Set last 1/3 of cheese aside.
5.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350.
6.  Top with cheese and bake another 15 minutes.
7.  Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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