I. Love. Pizza. And. Pasta. Because of that, my mom has a stock of different pasta shapes and pasta sauces. Whenever my boyfriend comes over and I have a pasta craving, I look at our pantry and decide to cook up some pasta. But since I am not a lasagna lover, our stock of lasagna pasta has been in the pantry for a couple of years or so.
Since our lasagna pasta will expire soon, my mom and I decided to finally make lasagna. it was an adventure looking for ingredients! Speaking of ingredients, here’s what we need to make this easy lasagna. Following is the recipe:
Original recipe makes 8 servings
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (16 ounce) package cottage cheese
1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large skillet, cook and stir ground beef until brown. Add mushrooms and onions; saute until onions are transparent. Stir in pasta sauce, and heat through.
- In a medium size bowl, combine cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and eggs.
- Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 13×9 inch pan. Layer with uncooked lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese, and meat sauce. Continue layering until all ingredients are used, reserving 1/2 cup mozzarella. Cover pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover, and top with remaining half cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
The adventure starts when we looked for cheese. THERE WAS NO RICOTTA CHEESE. My mom opted for mild cheddar, and so while preparing, I semi-melted the cheddar with milk to the consistency on ricotta. Also, I immediately added the half cup of mozzarella and baked it covered for 45 minutes.
And the finished product is this photo! My WordPress doesn’t seem to make me post photos on my posts.
Tweak the recipe if you wish!