Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lasagna


10 servings

Ingredients
1 box no boil lasagna noodles
1/2 an onion diced
1 red pepper diced
8oz slices mushrooms
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon each dried basil & oregano
1 tub ricotta cheese (about 1 cup or so?)
3 boxes frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
1 egg
salt & pepper
pinch nutmeg
6-8 cups home made or jar pasta sauce of choice
500g block mozzarella cheese, grated


Directions
In a nonstick pan, fry onion, pepper, garlic and mushrooms in olive oil. Once softened, add ground beef and spices and cook until meat is done. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, salt & pepper, nutmeg and 1 cup of the grated mozzarella.

In the bottom of a large baking dish place about 1 cup of sauce or more. Layer your noodles over sauce, no need to overlap, they'll expand when cooking. Place more sauce on top of noodles. Add spinach layer and top with another layer of noodles. More sauce. Be generous with the sauce since your noodles will be cooking in it. Add meat layer and top with 1/2 the left over cheese. More noodles. More sauce. The rest of the cheese.

Bake at 375F unti the noodles are cooked. Poke them with a knive to see if it goes through easily. Takes about 40 miutes or so.

Tip: If you want to use the noodles that you boil, you might be able to get away with less sauce. It's up to you. Also, buy 2 boxes of noodles just in case. It all depends on your baking dish but I used 1 whole box and 1 noodle extra from the second box.


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