I wanted to share my lasagna recipe with you so this is what we had today for Sunday dinner. Please allow 3-4 hours preparation time as the meat sauce needs to simmer 2-3 hours. We all have our favorite meals that we make often and when I can’t get my creative juices flowing I fall back on lasagna!
I broke tradition today and did not have a tossed green salad with the lasagna – instead I made variation #2 of the Fruit Salad with Creamy Citrus Salad Dressing and it got rave reviews from the family!
This recipe has been in my family for 40+ years and is the only lasagna recipe I use. You know the saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! ”
- 1 lb. lasagna noodles
- 1 C small curd cottage cheese
- 2 C mozzarella grated cheese
- 1/2 C romano grated cheese
- meat sauce
- 3 lb. ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
- 3 cans tomato paste (small cans)
- 2 C water
- 2 tsp. dried or fresh chopped parsley
- 2 tsp oregano if desired
In large pot saute onion and garlic in 2 T margarine until onions are clear then add the ground beef and brown. After meat is browned add the tomato paste, water and parsley, stir to blend all ingredients. Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours allowing the meat sauce to evaporate some of the water.
Boil the lasagna with a one tablespoon of oil for 15 minutes and drain. Use a 11×17 greased baking dish and start with a layer of noodles, then half of the cottage cheese, half of the mozarella, half of the meat sauce and half of the romano cheese. Repeat layers. Bake in 375º oven for 1 hour or until bubbly and brown on top. Serve with a salad and garlic toast.
Cover and simmer meat sauce for 2-3 hours
Start with a layer of lasagna noodles and half of the cottage cheese
Sprinkle half of the mozzarella over the cottage cheese
Use a ladle to spread half of the meat sauce evenly over the mozzarella layer
Finally, sprinkle half of the romano cheese on the meat sauce layer and repeat layers one more time
Bake in 375º F oven for 1 hour