Thursday, February 2, 2012
Steph's Homemade Lasagna
1 lb. mild Italian sausage
1 to 11/2 lb hamburger meat
1/2 large bell pepper, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 + 1/4 tsp each: dried parsley, oregano & basil, divided
1/4 tsp each: garlic salt & garlic powder
44 oz tomato sauce & enough water to rinse out cans
black pepper to taste
8 - 10 oz cottage cheese
16 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
shredded Cheddar cheese, if desired
Parmesan, Romano & Asiago cheese blend
Brown meats together with bell pepper, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt & 1/8 tsp herbs. Drain well. Return to heat. Add tomato sauce, garlic salt, garlic powder, black pepper & remaining herbs. Simmer on med/low heat for at least 30 mins, or until flavors are blended and sauce thickens.
Meanwhile, place large pot of water over high heat, bring to boil. When boiling, salt generously and add lasagna noodles (about 10). Cook to Al Dente. Drain noodles, adding about 2 Tbsp of pasta water to sauce.
Spray 9 X 13 in dish with cooking spray. Layer ingredients starting each layer with noodles and ending with cheeses. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 mins, or until thickened & bubbly and cheese is melted and golden. Let stand for 5 - 10 mins before serving.
*Great served with garden salad and garlic bread
to make bread: Butter any kind of bread on both sides and sprinkle (on both sides) with garlic salt,
oregano, basil & Parmesan cheese blend.
*Sauce is also great for spaghetti
**The above picture was not the best, I apologize