July 22, 2013

The best Meat and Cheese Lasagna

Happy Monday Foodies! Upon your request, here is my lasagna recipe. This recipe serves 12 people. Enjoy!
Prep time: 15 minutes          Cooking time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Olive oil
9 lasagna noodles
1 lb lean ground beef
1 28 ounce tomato sauce
4 ounces Parmesan cheese
Ricotta cheese
1 large onion
2 tomatoes
2 eggs
3 garlic cloves
half red and green pepper diced in small cubes
1 stalk of celery
1 tablespoon tomato paste
24 ounces Mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
13" x 9" x 2" glass lasagna pan (do not use aluminum pans)


1. In a large pot of salted water on the stovetop on high heat. The reason why we are doing this step first, is because it can take a while for a large pot of water to boil. After it has boiled, cook pasta as directed on the box. Once done, drain and coat with olive oil to prevent from sticking.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet or pot on medium high heat. Add the lean ground beef and cook it until brown and cooked through. 


3. After beef has browned take a soup spoon and remove the excess fat.


4. In the skillet add peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, celery, oregano, tomato sauce, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix.


4. In a separate bowl, add the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and eggs. Mix until everything is smooth and combined. 


5. Bring the sauce to a simmer and lower the heat to maintain a low simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes to thicken (stir frequently). 


6. Now we are going to start layering. I like to start with a spoonful of sauce at the bottom of the dish to prevent the pasta from sticking. Then I add 4 pasta noodles over our meat sauce. Then add meat sauce again, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Repeat till you get to the top.


7. I like my last layer to be ricotta and mozzarella. This will give you the perfect cheesy crust on top. 


8. Cover with aluminum foil (making sure it does not touch the cheese). Bake 375°F for 45 minutes. 
Optional- Remove foil paper and turn on broiler on high for 2 minutes until golden brown on the edges.


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  1. Nice recipe - the link I came from Foodie.com mentioned this was a "one pot" lasagna, but I knew from the pic that was impossible. So I came to check it out. Yep....three pots. Still a very nice recipe - standard lasagna fare, but looks delicious. Mangia!

  2. I like to spice up my lasagna split the meat with some sweet Italian or spicy Italian sometimes I'll do the lasagna half and half