Lasagna (and the Secret!)

Lauren Conforti

By
@Hutt5asl

I always just used regular ol' ground beef in my Lasagna. My husband told me the secret to great Lasagna .... Meatballs! Yep, use that ground beef, season it and make several large meatballs. Bake them well done, then crumble them (with some sausage) in the Lasagna. Makes all the difference.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
8-12
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1 lb
ground beef
2 Tbsp
adobo seasoning (or garlic powder)
1 Tbsp
oregano
1 Tbsp
basil
1/2 lb
sweet italian sausage
12 oz
box lasagna noodles
1
batch "my spaghetti sauce" (meatless)
16 oz
ricotta cheese
4 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
parmesan cheese

Step-By-Step

1** Ground beef & sausage can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated.

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2You should already have a batch of "My Spaghetti Sauce" (found in my recipe files) ready to go. (Can cook ahead & refrigerate)

3Preheat oven to 350.

4Mix the ground beef with the seasonings in a large bowl. Mix well and form into 5-6 large meatballs.

5Place meatballs on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake about 30-40 minutes, or until browned and well done. Set aside to cool.

6In a fry pan, brown the crumbled sausage. Drain well. Set aside.

7Turn oven temperature up to 400.

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8Cook the box of Lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain & rinse well with cool water. (If using no-boil noodles, you can omit this step.)

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9In a large bowl, crumble the meatballs and mix with the crumbled sausage.

10In your Lasagna pan, spoon some sauce to just cover the bottom of the pan. Add a layer of noodles.

11Then, add 1/3 of the ground beef/sausage mixture

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12Spoon some Ricotta cheese over the meat and, using the spoon spread it around.

13Add a layer of Mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some Parmesan.

14Repeat the layers two more times (sauce, noodles, meat, cheeses) to total 3 layers.

15** Be sure to cover the noodles with the sauce so that the edges are not showing, to keep them from drying out)

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16Top with a final layer of noodles, the last of the sauce, some Mozzarella & the cheddar.

17Cover with some aluminum foil (sprayed with non-stick spray) or "tent" the foil with toothpicks to keep it from sticking to the cheeses. Bake for 45 minutes.

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18Remove the foil & bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is golden browned.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Heirloom