Friday, April 13, 2012

Lasagna...need I say more?

Lasagna.  Yum.  This is definitely one of my most favorite dinners.  My Aunt was the first one to teach me how to make lasagna.  Believe it or not it wasn't my Italian Aunt either.  If you are from Long Island, you probably should know how to make a lasagna.  Just sayin'...

I've tweaked the recipe a bit and it still changes - depending on the mood I'm in.  Sometimes it's meatless, other times some meat is added.  Ground and browned.  And when I want to add a little extra something, some sweet Italian sausage hits the spot.

So how do you make this yumminess?

Here is what you will need...

Flat (don't like the ridges) lasagna noodles / pasta - I get Barilla.  
Sauce.  It can be homemade or store bought.  This is your choice
Ricotta cheese (pronounced ri-gawt) - the large one
Mozzarella cheese, shredded (pronounced mootz-a-thell) 3-4 cups
Eggs - 2 to 3
Salt and pepper to taste
Meat of your choice - ground beef or turkey, sweet Italian sausage, etc.

Brown the meat and season as desired.  Add sauce to the meat and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the ricotta and mix in the eggs, salt and pepper.  Then add the shredded cheese and mix.

Spoon some sauce over the bottom of the dish.
Line the lasagna sheets on top of the sauce.
Cover the lasagna with the cheese mixture - spoon it on top and then smooth it out.
Spoon the sauce mixture over the cheese mixture and smooth it over top.
Repeat the layers - pasta, cheese mixture, sauce - at least two more times.
After the last layer of sauce mixture, cover with lasagna and spoon meatless sauce on top (just like you did on the bottom of the pan) and then sprinkle with more of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 for about an hour.  Serve with a salad, bread and seasoned oil.  Enjoy!

Just look at that yumminess.  It looks so good, here's another slice to enjoy!

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