Monday, July 6, 2009

Super Simple Lasagna

Lasagna. Yes, the Italian version of casserole. I said it. I just went and southernized it. What? Ya'll didn't know it was possible? Let's get started!

What you'll need:

A Batch of My Meat Sauce
32 oz. tub of ricotta cheese
16 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese + 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese separated
2.5 oz parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 eggs
1/4 C. milk
One box oven-ready lasagna noodles

Add your ricotta to a pretty pink bowl. Okay, any bowl will do. Pink just makes the food feel pretty.

Then add in 16 oz. of shredded mozzarella to the mix. Also, use the food processor to do your shredding. It will keep you from experiencing bouts of carpal tunnel.

You can also toss in all of your seasoning right about now, too.

Do you have this in your store? It makes me feel slightly less guilty about using parmesan cheese in my lasagna rather than parmigiana. Plus, they add asiago and romano to the mix making us feel really Italian!

Add half of that tub to the mix.

Mix it up and give it a taste. If it needs more salt, give it some. After you taste, add in your two eggs and 1/4 C. milk. This will make it a bit more smooth.

Now, proclaim to the world your culinary laziness and layer your no-bake noodles on top of about 1/2 C. of meat sauce.

Then make your life easier and keep your fingers cleaner by using a butter knife to spread your cheese mixture on top of the dry noodles. Trust me on this one- it is MUCH EASIER to spread cheese on dry noodles than on wet sauce.

Then give that cheese mixture some love and cover it with more meat sauce. SOOOO GOOD. Also, remember you need to use quite a bit of sauce because your noodles will be cooking in it. It will absorb quite a bit of it.

Repeat the noodle layering process until the pan is full.

After you put on your last noodles, top them with sauce and then add the remaining 8 oz. of mozzarella you reserved. Although, now it's more like 5 oz. if your 3 year old has been running in and out of the kitchen taking bites. No biggie.

Bake the pan of goodness covered with foil at 350 degrees for about one hour. Then take the foil off and let the cheese brown for about 10 minutes.

Get your eat on! :-) I know I did!

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