Classic Lasagna

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Ingredients (8)

  • Lasagna Noodles
  • Ground Beef
  • White Onion
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spinach

Summary

Hello again all, here’s another easy recipe for you, that I KNOW will make your friends and family happy. Lasagna is a simple dish to prepare and takes very little actual cooking time. This recipe in not traditional Italian, but more of an American style lasagna.

Instructions

  1. 1To start, get a large pot of water boiling, and just add a little salt. (PRO TIP: NEVER add oil to your water when you are cooking ANY pasta! The oil coats the pasta noodles, which prevents your sauce from sticking to them.) It is important to use a large pot of water because once you add all of the noddles, you want the water to continue boiling. If you use a small pot of water, when you add your pasta, the water will stop boiling and you will get unevenly cooked pasta.
  2. 2In a large frying pan, add about 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef. Cook it on medium-high heat, and season with some salt and pepper. Once the beef is half-cooked, add 1/2 off a chopped white onion, 2 tblsp. of chopped garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. 3Add 1 medium can of tomatoe sauce, and one medium can of tomatoe paste. Reduce the heat to simmer and season this mixture with more salt and pepper if you think it needs it, fresh chopped oregano and one tblsp. of sugar.
  4. 4Once the lasagna noodles are al dente (firm to the bite), strain off the hot water and IMMEDIATELY pour cold water into the pot. If you don’t do this, the noodles will continue to cook and they will also stick together.
  5. 5In a deep oven pan (10"X12"), cover bottom and sides with a thin layer of oil, then put one layer of lasagna noodles on the bottom. Make sure to cover every space on the pan with the lasanga noodles, and even double-up a little. The bottom layer is important because it will hold your entire dish together once it is cooked.
  6. 6Now, take your meat mixture and spread about 1/2 of it evenly across the noodles. On top of that meat mixture layer, add a medium sized container of Cottage Cheese (the wet kind, not the dry). Spread that evenly, and then season the Cottage Cheese with salt and pepper. Also, add a thin layer of Aged Cheddar Cheese.
  7. 7Now, add a second layer of lasagna noodles. On top of that layer, add a full box of frozen chopped spinach (make sure the spinach has been thawed and completely drained of excess water). On top of the spinach, add the remaining meat mixture. Top that with a thin layer of fresh Parmesan Cheese. Now add the last layer of Lasagna nooddles on top of that, and finish with a thick layer of Aged Cheddar Cheeese.
  8. 8At this point, I like to top the dish with dried Oregano leaves. You don’t need alot, but it gives nice colour to the dish once it is cooked, and nice flavour as well. Now, put your dish in the oven at about 350 degrees and cook for one hour. You want to be sure to place tin foil under the dish because as it cookes, the excess oils from the meat and the cheese will boil over. Visit www.tixxie.com for more recipes.
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