On one of my random searches through All Recipes I found this lasagna recipe. It looked simple enough, so I decided to try it. This was the first lasagna that I made myself. I’m used to just buying a frozen one and tossing it in the oven, this one took a tad more work than that though :P But it’s still pretty straight forward and is really tasty!!
Simply Lasagna [click to print]
Serves 12 (from www.allrecipes.com)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2 tbsp instant minced onion or 1/2 cup fresh chopped onion
2 1/2 cups fresh grated mozzarella cheese, divided
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 26oz jar pasta sauce
26oz of water (fill the pasta sauce jar)
12-20 lasagna noodles, uncooked
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Brown the hamburger in a large skillet on medium-high heat with the spices. Meanwhile, mix 1-1/4 cups of the mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, the ricotta cheese, the parsley, and the egg until well blended; set aside.
Drain meat; return to skillet. Stir in pasta sauce. Pour water into empty sauce jar; cover and shake well. Add to skillet; stir until well blended.
Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 5 lasagna noodles (3 lengthwise, and 2 broken to fit the ends if needed), one-third of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup of the meat sauce. Repeat layers two more times. Top with remaining 3 noodles and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1-1/4 cups mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with greased foil.
Bake 1 hour. Remove foil; continue baking 15 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting to serve.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
After adding the noodles, add 1/3 of the cheese mixture and spread it out. It can be kind of tricky, so don’t get frustrated. Just try to spread it as evenly as possible! Then add another cup of meat sauce. That’s pretty much how the layers work, just repeat it two more times.
Now cover it with foil (it says greased foil, which I did when I made it, but I don’t know if it really makes a difference) and bake it at 350 degrees F for an hour. After that hour remove the foil, put it back in the oven, and continue baking it for another 15 minutes.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the recipe, and how it turned out for you if you tried it!