Monday, June 10, 2013

What's more Italian than Lasagna?

Lasagna is one of our "special dinner" favorites.  Throw a store bought garlic bread and a small salad with lasagna and you have a relatively inexpensive family meal which is very simple to make.  This lasagna requires more patience while it is in the oven than anything.  I do use store bought sauce and will continue to do so until Campbell's Soup shares their Prego recipe with me (in a family-size recipe).  Plus, my Father-in-law has worked at Campbell's Soup for 45 years as well as a couple Uncles, an Aunt and a few of my husband's relatives.  It's my little contribution to their job security.

You will need:

Pan for browning hamburger
Pot to boil lasagna noodles
9 x13 or 10 x 15 baking pan, I prefer a glass 10 x15 
cooking spray
2 lg mixing bowls

Ingredients you will need:

seasoned salt
2 lbs ground beef
1 45 oz jar Prego fresh mushroom spaghetti sauce
1 lg container cottage cheese
1/2 c parmasean cheese
16 oz (4 c.) shredded Colby jack or          Monterey jack cheese. 
3 eggs
9 lasagna noodles

Here we go!!!

Season the ground beef with seasoned salt (I prefer Lowry's Seasoned Salt), brown and drain.  I LOVE to use my Pampered Chef Mix 'n Chop (see picture below) for browning ground beef.  If you don't own one of these babies, you seriously need one!!!  You can order one from my friend, Dawn.  

Boil lagagna noodles and drain.  Adding a little oil to your water will keep the noodles from sticking together. 

In one large mixing bowl, combine your meat and spaghetti sauce. In another large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, parmasean cheese, 1 c. shredded cheese and pepper, to taste.  

Spray your baking dish. Assemble your work station with the baking dish and mixing bowls, noodles, parmasean cheese and shredded cheese. 

Let the layering begin! 

Your first layer will be a light layer of spaghetti sauce. 

Add a layer of noodles. 

Add a a layer (1/3 of the cheese mixture). 

Add a layer of the meat mixture (about 1/3 of mixture). 

Sprinkle with parmasean cheese and repeat process twice more. 

Final layer is remaining shredded cheese and sprinkle with parmasean cheese. 

Bake @ 375* for 50-60 minutes.  

Add a nice side salad and bread and ENJOY!!!!!

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