October 26, 2014

Lasagna


Italian food is hands down, my favorite cuisine. I have made pizza, spaghetti, ziti, stuffed shells, but never lasagna. After looking through many recipes, I came across this one, which I adapted from Maggiano's blog. It was very simple-- just allow some prep and assembly time.

This is a great meal to make the night before, and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, just preheat the oven and bake for 30 minutes. A little serving goes a long way, as this is very rich! Disclosure: Recipe is not gluten free, dairy free, or lactose free!

INGREDIENTS
Assembly:
  • 1 box lasagna noodles, cooked
  • Lasagna filling (recipe below)
  • 1½ lbs. ground beef (optional for vegetarians)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 (28 oz.) jars marinara sauce
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 10 oz Mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
Filling: (3.5 quarts)
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 lbs Ricotta cheese
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of oregano
DIRECTIONS
Filling:
  1. In large mixing bowl, add the eggs, Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese and garlic.
  2. Mix well with whisk. Add the flour, salt and pepper, nutmeg and oregano. Mix until completely incorporated.
  3. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.
Meat option:
  1. In a large sauté pan, cook ground beef, onion, and Italian seasoning over medium heat, until browned. Drain and set aside for assembly.
Assembly:
  1. Using a spatula, spread ½ cup marinara sauce on bottom of 8 qt. baking pan. Lay a layer of pasta over sauce.
  2. Spread 3 cups of lasagna filling evenly over pasta with spatula. Spread ¾ cup of cooked meat evenly over filling (optional). Spread 3 ounces of marinara sauce evenly over filling. Sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan cheese on top. Place another pasta layer on top.
  3. Repeat layers of pasta and filling. Spread ¼ cup of marinara on top layer.
To Cook:
  1. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling around the edges.
  2. Melt grated Mozzarella over top and broil for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow dish to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Cut into portions and serve with additional marinara, grated Parmesan, and fresh basil.
Enjoy! :)



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