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.

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

    xo, Yi-chia
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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!

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

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


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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!


  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!

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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.

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

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