Friday, November 2, 2012

Food Friday - Lasagna

I have never made lasagna and frankly, the idea of making one terrified me. I thought it would be hard and turn out terribly. Well, during a football game, I decided I would leave my husband to his sports and I would go rock the kitchen. This was EASY and turned out DELICIOUS!

Here's what you'll need:

    1.5 pound lean ground beef
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 package of fresh, sliced mushrooms
    1 (28 ounce) jar of traditional spaghetti sauce
    1 (16 ounce) package cottage cheese (you will only use 8oz... so if they have a smaller one... get it)
    1/2 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 egg
    1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles (You'll probably use half)
    8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350*.
Brown your ground beef (I like to make sure the pieces are relatively small as it makes for easier spreading).

Add mushrooms and onions; saute until onions are transparent. 

Stir in pasta sauce, and heat through.

In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and egg.

Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce in the bottom of a (sprayed) 13x9 inch pan. 

Layer with uncooked lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese, and meat sauce. Continue layering until all ingredients are used. 

Cover pan with aluminum foil.
Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes. 

Uncover, and top with mozzarella cheese. 

Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Let me know if you give this a go!!!

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