Monday, January 14, 2013

Easy Classic Italian Lasagna

For Christmas, my dad bought my mom a brand new deep lasagna pan.  We've never had the urge to make lasagna before, but once the pan was in the house, it's all we could think about.  We waited for our lazy Sunday to invest time and make the perfect Sunday dinner--a nice classic lasagna in our new pan.  And let me just say, it. was. delicious.  This is definitely one of my new favorite meals and though it is time consuming, it requires few cooking skills and is sure to last much longer than one meal!

Easy Classic Italian Lasagna:


Ingredients (to fill one 13 x 9in lasagna pan + a little extra)

Extra virgin olive oil to sautee
1 large red onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
2 1/2 lbs ground beef
4 15oz cans Hunt's tomato sauce
2 lbs ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
3 tbsp grated parsley
1 box (18 noodles approx) lasagna noodles
Sliced or grated mozzarrella cheese (amount may vary)
Cooking spray to prevent noodles from sticking!


 1.  Mince red onion and coat the bottom of your pan with extra virgin olive oil to sautee.  Once onions are translucent, add in chopped garlic and sautee for an additional 1-2 minutes.

2.  Add in your ground beef bits at a time and stir until all meat is completely browned.  Make sure you mix in all yummy onions and garlic!  Drain the excess fat.

3.  Add in your sauce and stir until well combined.  Put heat on medium low and cover if possible.  Let sauce simmer for about 30 minutes.

4.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and put the water on to boil for your noodles.  Even the cook deserves a little break ;)

5.  Cook noodles according to package directions.  Spray a few baking sheets with cooking spray to lay them on when they are done cooking in order to prevent sticking.

6.  In one bowl, beat the eggs and parsley together until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta and parmesan cheeses.  Then add both mixtures together in one large bowl until well combined.

7.  Coat the bottom of your lasagna pan with the meat sauce first.  Then place noodles over the sauce, until whole layer is covered.  Next, add ricotta cheese mixture, then another noodle layer.  Next add layer of thinly slice mozzarrella cheese and more of the meat mixture.  Add another layer of noodles, and more of the ricotta cheese.  Top it off with more noodles with sliced mozzarrella cheese and sprinkled parmesan on top.  Preheat the oven to 375 and cook for approximately 40 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and a little browned.  Serve and enjoy!!

Ready to eat!

I'm literally going to have the leftovers now...enjoy!   Stay tuned for a recipe involving all the leftover ingredients ;)


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