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
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!!!!!!