Thursday, May 6, 2010

Natalie's Lasagna:

"Here is my version of the sauce recipe.  I doubled it to do 3 foil lasagna pans.  It was big enough that I needed to use two big pots to cook it up. "

In each pot:
1 small onion - chopped and sauteed until soft.  Remove and set aside until after beef is browned 
1 lb of hamburger - browned
onions back in
1 small green pepper chopped
1 zucchini chopped small
6 or so mushrooms chopped small
1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes (add liquid too)
1 - can tomato paste
1 - tall can tomato sauce (I used Hunt's - they are maybe 20 oz or something like that)
2 tsp OXO beef liquid  (I'm sure you could sub powder oxo dissolved in a bit of water)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Cover and Simmer at least an hour on low. 
For each pan of lasagna I used 9 lasagna noodles (3 noodles per layer), so plan on a full box plus a few more.  The noodles are a bit long for the pans so I cut the cooked noodles down to fit. With the cut down bits you can actually piece them together and one box will do it for all 3 pans. 
Cottage cheesy layer in the middle:
Mix together and refrigerate until ready to assemble
1 pkg chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 500 mL cottage cheese
2 eggs
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1) Big scoop of sauce on the bottom of each pan - just enough to barely cover
2) 3 noodles
3) Sauce
4) Shredded Mozzarella - I just buy the generic bag pre-shredded (about 1 Kg, I think)
5) 3 noodles
6) Sauce
7) Cottage cheesy mixture (divided amongst all 3 pans)  spoon around and spread out with a spatula a bit
8) 3 noodles
9) Sauce
10) Shredded Mozzarella
Cover with foil and Bake or freeze.  This time I sprayed the inside of the foil with a shot of PAM so it didn't stick to the cheese. 
Bake @ 400 F for 45 min and broil for a few minutes just to get cheese bubbly and brown.
From frozen - I'm guessing it would take more like 1 1/2 hours, maybe a bit more. 


Barb said...

I made a single recipe and got a 9x9 and a 9x13 lasagna.

Barb said...

I doubled it for 3 9x13 lasagnas.

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