Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easy Homemade Lasagna

I've always had this notion in my head that lasagna was really hard and time consuming to make.  I think I got the idea because whenever my mom made lasagna, she made pasta sauce the same day, so it seemed like she was in the kitchen for hours.

It turns out I was completely wrong.  If you make the sauce ahead of time (see my recipe for meat and veggie sauce) and use no-boil noodles (I hear you can pretend regular noodles are no boil but haven't tested it out) it actually only takes about ten minutes to assemble.


Ingredients:
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1 15oz package of ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp parsley (fresh is better)
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 cups of pasta sauce (meat or veggie sauce - my favorite recipe here)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13" pan.  


In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs.  Add ricotta cheese, parsley, and 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese.  


Add a small layer of sauce to the bottom of the pan (this is to ensure the noodles cook correctly).  Put four noodles on top.  Layer on 1/2 of ricotta mixture, 1/3 of sauce, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.  


Add another layer of four noodles and another layer of ricotta, sauce, and mozzarella   Add another four noodles.  Top with remaining sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.


Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!


This got excellent reviews from the boyfriend.  Now that I know it's actually easy to make, I'm excited to put this recipe into my rotation!




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10 comments :

  1. Yum! Sometimes good ol' lasagna totally hits the spot!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  2. This looks so yummy! I love lasagna, it's such delicious comfort food. I made a zucchini version last night!

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  3. I`m a pasta addict, but I have NEVER made lasagna! This looks wonderful :)

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    Jess

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  4. Oh my goodness, I am craving this big time!!! Looks delish ;)

    Meg

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  5. Looks delicious! I haven't had dinner yet so it made me crave lasagna now haha

    I don't know why, but even if I use no-boil noodles I still have to boil them ot I feel they don't bake properly.. don't know if it's paranoia or the brand I buy!

    xo
    Sabrina
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  6. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  7. I tried to make lasagna once and it was a total fail! I've tried to stay away from it ever since haha
    but this one looks good and sounds pretty fool-proof. I may have to retry!

    Jenn
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  8. I've only used them once but they worked perfectly. I think the deal is you just have to make sure they're completely covered with sauce and they turn out fine.

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  9. I'm interested to try zucchini lasagna, it sounds interesting.

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  10. Yes, regular lasagna noodles can be used without boiling first. I've done it many times.

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