Friday, December 31, 2010

Yummy, Yummy Lasagna

Thought I would share my lasagna recipe. We've had lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner for several years. At a time when I'm still frantically wrapping presents (and even MAKING some!), having an "easy" dinner is a lifesaver! Team it with a nice "Olive Garden" style salad and some garlic bread, and everyone's happy! Can't remember where I got the "base" recipe from, but after several tweakings, it's not much like the original anyways.


½ pound dry lasagna noodles
½ pound Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef, extra lean
½ cup shopped onion
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon anise seed
2 tablespoons tomato paste (hint: store remainder in a baggie in the freezer for next time!)
½ teaspoon oregano
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 pound cottage cheese
¾ pound Mozzarella cheese, grated
½ cup Parmesan cheese (divided)

Cook lasagna according to pkg directions and drain. Brown ground beef with onions. Drain, if necessary. Add spices, tomatoes, tomato paste, sauce and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (this helps the sauce thicken). Simmer 20 minutes.

In a large casserole, layer the ingredients in 3 layers. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes (uncovered).

Salad and Garlic Bread:

Chowing down...out of the many pics I took that evening, most of them showed Adam's "finger-extension syndrome." Poor Adam. Must be tough to have to live life with that middle finger always sticking straight out. Har har.....
Again....with the Meatless Manicotti I made for his girlfriend, who is a vegetarian. Sigh...I guess all I can do is pray that someday, someone will discover a cure for his disfiguring ailment...


Cathy said...

lol!!! boys will be boys!
Thanks for sharing your famous Lasagna recipe - that's a keeper :)
Happy New Year, Nadine :) !!!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Yummers.. I love lasagna.. hanks for shaering..
Happy new year!

Yarni Gras! said...

heehee! I love lasagna too.....everyone looks like they had a blast!