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How I Make Lasanga for Hubby and for Company
Our family absolutely loves my version of lasagna from the Better Homes and Gardens cook book. For hubby's birthday, I made this--after we got back from our weekend away, of course. :o)
We almost can't stand to eat lasagna anywhere else because we love our version so much. It's the perfect recipe for company because it tastes fabulous and can serve a lot of people. And you can always make it ahead and freeze it to take on the road if you need to.
The Rodgers' Favorite Lasagna Recipe
Step 1: Start Sauce:
1 pound ground beef
1/2c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced ( I use powdered.)
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (it calls for 14oz can but we like having extra sauce available)
1 14 oz can tomato sauce (It calls for 8oz. and you add water but we like the flavor from more sauce.
1 6-ounce can paste
1 Tablespoon crushed dried basil (Or more if you like!) I'm very generous with the basil. The recipe only calls for 2 tsp.
1 tsp. salt
Cook meat, onion, and garlic till meat is browned. Drain off fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes and all the above ingredients. Cover; simmer 15 minutes, stirring often.
Ingredients: 1/2 box lasagna noodles (8 pieces), 1 Tb. cooking oil
Cook noodles until tender in boiling salted water with cooking oil added to water. Drain; rinse noodles. (I hang them over the side of the strainer pan or boiling pan so they don't stick together before I can use them. I noticed that Rina lays out her noodles on foil or wax paper. That would work too, but I think my way is quicker and saves foil. Ha!
Step 3: While sauce is simmering and water is boiling, make cottage cheese mixture.
2 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese (24oz large container)
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. dried parsley flakes (Don't ask me why..I can never taste the parsley!)
Beat eggs; add cottage cheese, parmeson, parsley 1 t. salt, and 1/2 t. pepper. Stir together and set aside.
Step 4: Slice 1 pound of mozzarella into thin rectangles. Set aside.
Step 5: Layer half of the noodles in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish; spread with half of the cottage cheese filing. Top with half of the mozzarella rectangles. And then spread on half the Lasagna sauce. Repeat one more time.
Step 6: Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese all over the top of the casserole. You can cook it right away by baking in a 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Or you can assemble early and refrigerate; Bake 45 minutes or till hot.
CRITICAL LAST STEP!! Let STAND for TEN minutes!!
Or you will make my famous "Lasagna Soup" which is what Tim and I jokingly dubbed my first attempt at lasagna over 23 years ago. Otherwise it won't have picture perfect layers. It will look like this instead. Or worse. Ha!