Monday, July 13, 2009

Lasagna (or... as the brits spell it... Lasagne)

Lasagna is a hearty casserole that is much easier to prepare than it looks. Like almost every dish I talk about, this one too has a story. My love for lasagna started in my junior year at college (go Owls!). I had this roommate who's mom sent over some lasagna for us after she had spent the weekend at home. The lasagna was pretty darn good and better than most I had tried... I remember ranting and raving about how good it was. Many years later, I decided to give a recipe I found online a try, and VOILA!!!!

Here is what you need;

Ground beef or ground turkey
Onions (optional)
Tomato/spaghetti sauce
Lasagna pasta sheets
Part skim ricotta cheese (can substitute cottage cheese if you want)
Part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt, pepper and Italian seasonings

What to do;

Step 1: Heat a pan, add cooking spray and brown the meat. Once browned, add thinly sliced onions (optional) and allow to cook about 5 minutes longer.

Step 2: Add the tomato/spaghetti sauce and seasonings and leave to cook on medium heat until it reaches a boil.

Step 3: Heat up water in a pot, add lasagna sheet and parboil (cook until tender but not all the way).

Step 4: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and then, grab a casserole dish. Place a layer of meat sauce at the bottom of the dish.

Step 5: Add a layer of lasagna pasta.

Step 6: Spread the ricotta cheese over the lasagna sheet and then sprinkle a layer of mozzarella.

Step 7: Repeat the layering steps (in that order), until dish is full. Finish with a layer of mozzarella and sauce.

Step 8: Cook in the oven for 30 - 45 minutes. The lasagna is done when the sides bubble over and the top layer slightly browns. Leave to cool down and set for about 10 minutes, then serve.

Result... a yummy dish that you can serve as dinner or lunch. Serve alone, or with a side of steamed veggies and garlic toast. Enjoy!!!!!!

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