Sunday, March 24, 2013

Yummy Homemade Lasagna

Alright ladies. I've got a two-for-one recipe duo that is quite delicious. Seeing as today was my day off, I decided to try something I haven't made before and it has been given 6 thumbs up. First on the docket is Homemade Lasagna.

Original recipe makes 1 9 x 13 inch dish
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles
  • 2 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce (And yes that is 2 jars. It fills up the dish so be prepared for overflow)
  • 2 pounds ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 cup dried basil 
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed 
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced pepperoni sausage (or ground up)
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. In large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef until brown; drain. In small saucepan, heat spaghetti sauce.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, Romano, egg, basil and garlic.
  5. (This is the chef's choice. The recipe calls for sliced pepperoni but Mum and I went and used the food processor to ground up the pepperoni. Afterwards we mixed it with the ground beef to do even layers.)
  6. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with a thin layer of spaghetti sauce. Place 3 or 4 noodles, overlapping edges, over sauce. Spread half of ricotta mixture over noodles. Cover ricotta with half of browned beef, half of pepperoni slices, and 1/4 of mozzarella cheese. Repeat sauce, noodle, ricotta, meat and cheese layers. Layer sauce and noodles again, and pour remaining sauce over all, being sure to cover the edges. Top with remaining mozzarella.
  7. Cover pan with foil and pierce foil 3 or 4 times with fork to ventilate. Bake 45 minutes, remove foil, and bake 15 minutes more to brown the top. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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