Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 5: Lasagna

Day 5:

Lasagna. Warm, gooey lasagna.
This is the recipe my mom has always used. I'm not sure where she got it, but it's one of the first things I cooked for Kurt. He was hooked. :)

This is what you'll need

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1 box lasagna noodles
1 lb. ground beef (You could use ground turkey or chicken too)
2 cans tomato paste
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
Big carton of cottage cheese
Swiss cheese


Here's the spices I use.
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Garlic, basil and oregano. I don't know how much of each. Just some.

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Heat up a big pot of water.
Boil the noodles as package directs.

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While this is going, throw the ground beef in a saucepan. I brown it in a saucepan just to save washing another dish.

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Put about half the spices in with the beef.

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Cook it till nice and brown. Then drain.

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Open up your tomato paste. Dump it in the saucepan.

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Add in the tomato sauce.

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Go ahead and put in the rest of your seasoning.

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Add the beef back in. Cook this until the tomato paste gets all smooth-like.

Drain your noodles when they're done.

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Now. I put this into two 8x8 pans, simply because we won't eat a 9x13 pan. If you have a bigger family, by all means, do the 9x13. With two 8x8's, we eat one, and I freeze the other.

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If you do the smaller pans, you'll have to cut your noodles down to size.

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Start off with a layer of noodles.

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Then add some sauce.

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Then some cottage cheese.

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Then schmear it all around.

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You'll repeat this two more times, ending with the sauce and cheese.

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Top it with some swiss. I don't know why I use swiss. Probably because my mom told me to. And we all know I do EVERYTHING my mother tells me. Right, mom?

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I like to sprinkle it with a bit of dried parsley. My mom didn't tell me to do that, it just looks fancy.

Pop it in a 350 degree oven. If it's an 8x8, you'll cook it about 30 minutes. If it's a 9x13, go closer to an hour.

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Pull it out when the cheese is nice and bubbly gooey.

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Let it rest a few minutes, then dig in!


2 comments:

guiltysquid said...

I like to make lasagna! I never cook my noodles before hand and I use three cheeses in it. But I never thought to split it up in two pans like that. *head smack* I'm an idiot and you are brilliant!

Lori said...

Love'n the new twist on the blog! Great motivation to get me to cook.