Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lasagna - the easy way! :)

My family LOVES lasagna.  However, I don't usually have the time to do all the pretty parts to make lasagna happen.

So this has been my solution - and it IS the real thing - only difference is, I just mix it together like a casserole.  *grin*  close your eyes and eat. .. yum.

I start with 8 oz of bowtie pasta or penne pasta (gluten free)  cook that up.

While that's cooking away,

Fry up:

1/2 pound sausage, sausage - 2 - 3 kinds is desirable for true italian flavor
1/2 pound pound ground beef
1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
 1-2 cloves garlic, minced

cook til onion is almost carmelizing and all meat is cooked.  drain and set aside.

Mix together:

15 oz container ricotta
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup italian blend cheeses, grated (i buy from aldi - a cash only grocery store)
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley, chopped finely

Either pull from your pantry/freezer your homemade pasta sauce or use your favorite jarred sauce.

mix everything together in a greased 8x12 pan.

sprinkle  a bag of grated mozzarella cheese on top.

Put in oven 350*F for 1/2 hour or so - til everything is bubbly and smelling oh so yummy and the cheese is starting to brown on top.

Pull from oven and serve.

Voila, easy messy lasagna.  :)  and it's even gluten free!  *grin*

bake at 350*F oven

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