Friday, January 16, 2015

grandma's cookbook - Simple and Tasty Lasagna

As I thought about what I was going to write today, I decided I'd share one of my favorite recipes with you! Many people have their favorite go-to recipe for lasagna . . . some are very simple and others are not, but for many of us, lasagna is one of our favorite "comfort" foods! As the winter wears on, lasagna is a wonderful dish to make . . . while you are at it, double the recipe and make two as it is always better as leftovers! Try this recipe the next time you make lasagna -

Ingredients -
  • 10 lasagna noodles - you could use whole wheat noodles or make half your noodles thinly sliced and roasted eggplant
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 can of tomato sauce - or spaghetti sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese - shredded
  • Sharp cheddar cheese - shredded
  • Optional - replace the ground beef with broccoli 
  • Optional add onions, mushrooms, and any other veggies you might enjoy
Directions -
  • Cook your lasagna noodles according to the directions on the box
  • Pour your tomato sauce into a pan, add ground beef, stir together so ground beef is in small pieces and cook until beef is completely cooked
  • If you are using the broccoli in place of the ground beef, cook in the microwave for six minutes, add to the sauces and proceed replacing the broccoli for the beef
  • When noodles and beef are cooked, layer five noodles on the bottom of your pan, top with half your meat sauce, top with half your mozzarella cheese and about 1/2 cup of cheddar (if you are adding mushrooms, onions, etc, do so now)
  • Repeat layer
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly
  • Allow to stand for five to ten minutes, serve and enjoy!
Lasagna is a great dish to have your grandchildren help prepare - they can add the cheese and help with layering. Talk with them about the different ingredients and lead them in thanking God for creating such wonderful, and delicious, things for us to eat!

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