I keep my recipes simple. I don't spend hours on something already done pretty well commercially. I also don't skimp on deliciousness to be organic, vegan, or gluten free. In fact, if you have a few extra jars of gluten, send it my way. I'll mix it in. But enough intro. Here is the recipe:
- Lasagna Noodles (Duh)
- Your favorite Pasta Sauce (I like MIDS marinara or MIDS Sausage)
- 1lb ground Itallian sausage
- 1/2 to 3/4 lb ground beef
- pack of mozzarella cheese (usually 16oz but recipe is flexible)
- tub of Ricotta cheese (mine was 14oz. Again, flexible. We aren't chemists!)
- one onion (I like the Vidalia)
- tblspn of minced garlic (or use fresh garlic, or garlic powder. I love the jar ready to use and it lasts forever in the fridge)
- Italian Seasoning (This one has salt and pepper already in it. If not, might add a little of that)
Ten Ingredients. I know. But trust me, it is easy. I have divided these steps up into three parts. The longest is the meat sauce. DO the other two in and around that prep.
PREHEAT YOUR OVEN TO 375 degrees
THE MEAT SAUCE:
-1. Chop up your onion and sauté
There are LOTS of theories about chopping onions. Here is mine. I cut the ends off. Throw them away. I cut the first two layers. It is easier to peel away two layers than one. I throw them away. Wasteful? Maybe. Onions are cheap and you can buy them in bags for under $3 or individually for under $.50. Not worth crying over.
I saute mine in a tsp of olive oil. If you don't have that just throw them in with the meat. If cook ahead of the meat, only saute till they turn clear (2-3 minutes).
-2. Add the sausage and hamburger into your pot. Brown meat.
-1. Follow the box instructions. I lay them on wax paper after to keep them from sticking. Others butter them (yummmm.... butter....). Or just have impeccable timing.
Spray your pan (I used an 8x8, but you can make it in a longer pan too) with cooking spray (or not).
Lay down a little sauce, then noodles, cheese mix, meat sauce, mozzarella, noodles, cheese mix, meat sauce, mozzarella, noodles, meat
Honestly, I probably do this a bit different every time. It is flexible. I would suggest ending with the meat to cook. Don't worry, you'll throw some cheese on top at the end.
COVER and cook 25 MINUTES
UNCOVER, ADD MOZZARELLA CHEESE (Parmesan optional) and cook an additional 25-30 minutes (cheese brown and bubbly)
Now.... LET IT SIT for at least fifteen minutes. This is critical. Then enjoy!
My family eats our salad and salivate over it.