Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Homemade Lasagna

Homemade Lasagna kind of gets a bad rap. It's usually known as kind of labor intensive and difficult. I, however, don't agree! Sure, it takes some time. But, to me, it's so easy to make. Chop some vegetables, stir some sauce, layer some ingredients, and... Voila! Lasagna! (Plus it's so easy to hide vegetables in for those picky eaters!)

Here are the ingredients you'll need (from left to right): Dried Basil, Low Fat Cottage Cheese, Spinach, Ground Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, Dried Parsley, Italian Seasonings, Prego Sauce, Onion, Garlic, Egg, Carrot, Mozzarella Cheese, Sugar, Noodles, and Parmesan Cheese. I also use broccoli and cauliflower sometimes. (Once you puree it and add it to the sauce, you can't even taste it.)

First you want to add the garlic, onion, ground beef and Italian sausage to a pan and brown it. Then just drain it and set it aside for now.


Chop the carrot (and the broccoli and cauliflower if you use it) and steam until soft. Then you put it all in a blender and puree it. 

Add the sauce, pureed veggies, and spices to your meat. Then set the sauce aside and let it simmer on low.

Next you need to make the cottage cheese mixture. You can also use ricotta instead of cottage cheese if you want. I just like cottage cheese because it's healthier and it's less watery.

To make this mixture, first you need to chop up your spinach. Just a quick, rough chop is fine.

To that bowl, add the cottage cheese.

Next you add the egg. It will help bind everything together when it cooks.

Finally, you add the Parmesan cheese to the bowl.

Then you stir it all up! It's messier, but I find that stirring works best when you use your hands.

The last step to making lasagna is assembling it. All you do is take turns layering everything together.

After it's all layered, you have a few different options. You can cook it right away or you can freeze it. If you cook it right away you want to cover it with foil and bake it at 375° for 40-50 minutes covered, then 15-20 uncovered. Then let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. If you freeze it, there are a couple different methods and you can choose whichever you prefer.

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Homemade Lasagna
A deceivingly easy homemade lasagna recipe with hearty veggies, meat, and (semi)homemade sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 cloves Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Carrot
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Broccoli (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Cauliflower (optional)
  • 2 jars Sauce (I like Prego)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach
  • 16 oz Low Fat Cottage (or Ricotta) Cheese
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 box Noodles (Regular or No Boil)
  • 3 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Instructions
1. In a large pan, brown the onions, garlic, Italian sausage and ground beef. Drain and set it aside.
2. Steam carrots (and broccoli and cauliflower, if you are using them) until soft. Puree in a blender until smooth.
3. Add sauce, pureed veggies, and spices to the meat. Set aside and let simmer on low.
4. Chop the spinach and put in a large bowl.
5. To the spinach, add the cottage cheese, egg, and Parmesan cheese. Mix it all together. (It's messier, but I find that stirring works best when you use your hands.)
6. Preheat oven to 375°
7. Layer your ingredients in a casserole pan in this order: Meat Sauce, Noodles, Cottage Cheese Mixture, Mozzarella Cheese, Meat Sauce, Noodles, Cottage Cheese Mixture, Mozzarella Cheese, Meat Sauce, Noodles. Then add just enough sauce to cover the exposed noodles and cover it all with Mozzarella Cheese.
8. Cover with tin foil and bake for 40-50 minutes then uncover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
9. Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. If you don't, it could be soupy.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 servings

26 comments:

  1. Visiting from our Mommy Bloggers Group. Don't think I've had the pleasure until now! Nice to meet you and learn about your yummy cooking. I pinned this recipe. :)

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  2. I love lasagne, I'll have to budget so we can make some more for the freezer soon! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. It makes a fantastic freezer meal! I always make extra so I can freeze some of it for later.

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  3. This is probably my favorite homemade food.. My wife is a lasagne master in my book! i will share with her this recipe..

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    1. I would love to learn her recipe and compare notes. Lasagna is one of my very favorites, as well. I'm always looking to perfect it! :)

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  4. Your lasagna looks fantastic! I like the idea of pureeing up other veggies and hiding them in the sauce.

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  5. What a great idea to sneak so many vegetables into lasagna! I will definitely be trying this trick next time I make lasagna.

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    1. It's great because the sauce is so forgiving! You can add TONS of veggies and you still can't taste them. I always add veggies to the sauce when I make this, pizza, spaghetti, etc.

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  6. That lasagna looks heavenly!! My DH makes the best lasagna. I don't think he has ever thought of adding spinach! I'm going to get him to include it next time

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    1. I would love to see your husband's lasagna recipe... I'm always looking to improve! ;) It's so easy to add spinach. Try it next time and let me know how you like it!

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  7. It really does sound so very simple! I guess I could make a veggie one for my vegetarian husband!!

    Roshni
    http://www.indianamericanmom.com

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    1. Yeah! It would be really easy to just skip the meat step. I am assuming he eats cheese and egg, still.

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  8. Are you using the baby magic bullet?? I recognize the little happy face. Haha, so cute!

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    1. Ha ha I am! We used to have a blender and a magic bullet and the baby bullet, it all just took up so much room and the baby bullet had the most attachments and etc.

      I used to make baby food all of the time, but now that my littlest is on solids I mostly use it as a blender! haha

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  9. We love to make home made lasagna. I haven't made it in a while. Thanks for reminding me. Your recipe looks good. Pinning to my Good Eats board.

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  10. It looks delicious! Lasagna might be a little more work for some, but it is so worth it. You can't compare the taste :)

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    1. You really can't. I used to only buy frozen, for the convenience. I thought making it would be too hard. But now that I have, I will never go back!!

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  11. Making homemade lasagna scares me for some reason. I have no clue why. I will definitely have to try this one it looks so delicious!

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    1. It's so easy! If you try it, you won't regret it!

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  12. Oh my! This looks soo yummy! You made it look so easy and simple. I've always stayed away from lasagna because it seemed so hard. You really broke it down and it doesnt seem that bad. I might just revisit it! Thanks Miranda!

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    1. You should really consider it! I think you'll be surprised how easy it is!

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  13. Yummy. What a great step by step posts and best of all with all those pictures. I am not a cook, but I bet I can follow this for a great lasagna.

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    1. I bet you could. I tried to make it as easy-to-follow as possible.

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