Friday, February 29, 2008
Just This Side Of The Olive Garden
For those of you who wanted it, here is the recipe from the previous post. Mmm. Good stuff!
Simply Scrumptious Lasagna
2.5 lbs ground beef
1 pkg Oven Ready Lasagna noodles
1 large jar Traditional Ragu sauce (the size that's equivalent to 1 and 1/2 jars)
1 can Hunts petite diced tomatoes
1 container small curd cottage cheese (the larger 24 oz size)
Shredded mozerella cheese
Parmesan cheese (fresh, or the kind that comes in the can.)
Salt and pepper
Brown ground beef, drain, and put in a large mixing bowl. Add to it the Ragu sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and (drained) diced tomatoes. Stir to mix ingredients. In another mixing bowl combine the cottage cheese, egg, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir.
Spray a large baking dish (I use a large 10 x 14 sized one) with non-stick cooking spray. Place four of the Oven Ready lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish. (I arrange three of them horizontally across the pan, and one vertically at the end of the other three. I usually have to break the end of that one off to get it to fit.) On top of the noodles, spread a layer of the cottage cheese mixture. On top of that spread a layer of the meat/sauce mixture. On top of that sprinkle a thin layer of shredded mozerella and grated parmesan (add cheeses according to taste - I do a light amount on all of the inside layers, and a heavier amount on top).
Repeat the layering process to make three layers. On the top cheese layer, sprinkle some chives (about a teaspoon's worth) for taste and visual appeal.
Cover baking dish with foil and place on top of a large cookie sheet (to protect oven in case of spills). Bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour @ 375 degrees. In the last five minutes of cooking, uncover and turn oven to "broil". (Stay close by the oven to watch. You want the top golden brown and bubbly. But it'll go from that to burned-to-a-crisp really fast if you're not careful!)
Serve with a tossed salad and crispy french bread loaf.
(*Optional: I sometimes add sliced canned mushrooms and/or sliced pepperoni to the meat mixture for an added zesty kick.)