Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lasagna Anyone!

One of my favorite meals to cook for my family is lasagna. It’s easy to put together and I’ve decided to share my recipe with you…so if you want to surprise your loved ones with great dinner, read on!
Things you’ll need to get started:

9”x13” glass dish
-Barilla Lasagne-oven ready, no boiling required (this stuff is great! there are other bands of oven ready lasagna but I’ve found this brand to be the best)
-Mozzarella cheese
-Parmesan cheese
-Jimmy Dean Sausage-Regular (don’t buy the flavored ones like maple, YUCK!)
-8oz can Tomato sauce (any band, I go for the ones on sale)
-14.5 oz can Diced tomatoes (again any brand…I like the one like S&W ready-cut Italian recipe, gives a little more spice to the dish)
-16 oz Low Fat Cottage Cheese
-10 oz box frozen Chopped Spinach (OPTIONAL)
- Italian Herbs
-dried onions minced
-Pam cooking spray

Preheat oven 350, bake time 40 to 45 minutes

Putting it together: (15 to 20 min)

1.)In medium frying pan brown sausage, about half way through browning sprinkle Italian herbs and onions onto meat.

2.)Once meat is browned, add can of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, on medium heat bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer about 5 minutes.

3.)Remove frozen spinach from box and place in microwave safe dish and microwave for 3 minutes. Don’t worry if some of the spinach is still frozen, it doesn’t matter.

4.)In your 9"x 13" glass dish spray with Pam, then put first layer of lasagna noodles (3 of them)
5.)Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, then plops of cottage cheese, plops of the sauce & meat.

6.)With your hand scoop up some of the spinach squeeze out water then place plops of it on top of the sauce & meat.
7.)Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top of that!
8.)Second layer of noodles (repeat steps 5 to 7, two more times)

9.)Place tin foil over dish and bake!

Happy family every time. I hope you try it and enjoy it.


Brianna said...

So how did you learn how to cook and your sister can barely boil water?? haha I'll try this out it looks good.

Laurie said...

I was always interested in cooking! :)
Lesley, not so much!!
Let me know how it goes Brianna, I'm sure your family will love it!!

Travis said...


any true ITALIAN knows you use RICOTTA CHEESE!!

JK, u go Girl, at least you cook for your hubby.

BTW, I will be cooking my world famous Spadhetti this evening for the Weden family

Laurie said...

cottage cheese is not as fatting as ricotta cheese, but ricotta would taste really yummy!
What time would you like David and the kids and I for dinner!!! :) we love spadhetti!!!!!!!!!