Now that you know how to make some kick butt spaghetti sauce that could feed an army, lets get to some recipes that make use of it all. First up …. Lasagna!!
After experimenting for a while to try one that everybody loved, I finally think I found it. My husband took a pan of it to work to celebrate their last day before going on a 2 week “vacation”, and one guy had 6 pieces!! I could barely finish off 1 piece!! I think that means this recipe is a winner. So on to the good stuff….
Lasagna (makes 2 pans)
24 lasagna noodles ( I made one pan with gluten free noodles and one with reg. noodles)
1 lb hamburger
1 lb Italian sausage (bulk)
homemade spaghetti sauce (I used 2/3 of the bulk kind I made in my other post)
chopped parsley (roughly half a bunch you get from the store)
1 1/2 c parmesan cheese
7 c mozzarella cheese
1 large container ricotta cheese
1 small container cottage cheese
Preheat oven to 425*F.
In a large pot, cook lasagna noodles according to the package. Drain and set aside.
While the noodles are cooking, in a large pan, brown the hamburger and Italian sausage. Set aside.
In a large bowl, scramble the eggs and add in the chopped parsley. Mix in the ricotta, cottage, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses until well blended.
Now you are ready to assemble. Starting with a large baking dish (I use a 9×13″) spread a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the dish. Lay down 3 pieces of lasagna. Top with hamburger/sausage mixture, sauce, and cheese mixture. Repeat until all of the noodles are used. Top the top noodles with sauce and cover pan with aluminum foil.
*Remember this makes TWO pans worth of lasagna* So don’t try to squeeze all the ingredients into one pan 😉
Bake the lasagna at 425*F for roughly an hour to an hour and a half, or cooked all the way through ( the cheese deep in the middle is melted).
It seems like a pretty long process but it’s not really. And you get two pans worth instead of just one. If you don’t need two pans of lasagna right away, you could always freeze the other one for a quick dinner when you don’t want to cook. Just pop it in the oven and let it cook away. No prep and no fuss, and waaayyyy tastier than the frozen ones you buy at the store!!
I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to share this post or any others with your friends, fellow bloggers, facebook family, and more! I’d really like to get some suggestions for meals and more. Don’t forget to “like” my page on facebook too!!