Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for Lasagna...

   My mother made lasagna for us, when she had the time and wanted to cook a special meal. You gotta agree with Garfield on this meal. We loved it and wouldn't have minded if everyday was special. Then again, it wouldn't have seemed so special would it.

Artwork by Pamela Jo



1 lb        ground beef
2 Tbs     olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 (20oz) can tomatoes
1 ½ tsp   salt
½ tsp      oregano
¼ tsp      pepper
½ lb       lasagna noodles
½ lb       Mozzarella
¾ lb       Ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
½ c        grated Parmesan cheese


   Brown beef in skillet with olive oil and garlic.  Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt, oregano and pepper.  Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, cook noodles in boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes.  Drain and rinse.  Fill a rectangular casserole dish with alternate layers of noodles, sliced mozzarella, ricotta or cottage cheese, tomato-meat sauce, and grated Parmesan.  End with a layer of sauce and top with some Parmesan cheese.
   Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

Makes 4 to 5 servings.

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