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Homemade Lasagna plus a “How to” Video

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This recipe for Homemade Lasagna plus a “How to” Video is different from my other lasagna recipe, for the World’s Easiest Lasagna,World’s Easiest Lasagna, in two ways. First, it’s made with a homemade tomato sauce, whereas my other recipe relies on jarred sauce. Second, since I came up with this recipe while partnering with Red Gold Tomatoes, and Laura’s Lean Ground Beef.

Lasagna

Here it is: Lasagna,  the Language of Love.

Lasagna is the Language of Love

Food sure does bring people together, and in my life, you could even say that one of the main reasons I have my very own family is due to food! Back when I was dating the man who is now my husband, I invited him over for lasagna. You can ask him yourself, and he’ll tell you it’s true. He was already falling in love with me, but the lasagna I made him that night sealed the deal. 

(Lasagna: I owe you a lot! For us, you were the language of love.)

Browning the Meat

Using quality ingredients is critical

I Love Red Gold Tomatoes

So when the nice folks at Red Gold Tomatoes sent me a lasagna kit, which consisted of several cans of Red Gold tomatoes, a box of Creamette’s lasagna noodles, a coupon for – and a lovely apron from – Laura’s Lean Ground Beef, I thought it might be fun to use their ingredients to SHOW you HOW to assemble a lasagna. 

Browning the meat

I used a combination of Italian Sausage and Beef in this pan of lasagna.

So Many Steps to Assembling A Lasagna

Sometimes, when I’m reading a recipe where there are a lot of steps (as there are in assembling a lasagna), my eyes start to glaze over. Have you ever felt that way? My friend Anne calls that the MEGO syndrome: My Eyes Glaze Over.

Tomato Sauce Simmering

I added the meat into my marinara to make the sauce for my lasagna.

Have you ever wished someone would just SHOW you what they’re talking about it in the recipe ? 

Once I’ve watched someone DO the process, reading the recipe becomes a lot easier. I know in which direction the horse is headed, and roughly what route we’re going to take. 

So watch the video.  It’s only about a minute long. I hope you enjoy it. My husband and I had a lot of fun putting it together for you. 

How to make a lasagna

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Here’s the recipe I used to make this batch of lasagna:

Yield: 12 servings

Homemade Lasagna plus a "How to" Video

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Lasagna, the Language of Love, made with a homemade tomato sauce.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • FOR THE TOMATO SAUCE: 1 lb. Laura's Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 3 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 28 oz. cans of peeled whole tomatoes
  • FOR THE PASTA: 12 lasagna noodles
  • FOR THE FILLING: 2 c. ricotta
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley
  • THE OTHER CHEESES:
  • 1 lb. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • .

Instructions

  1. TO MAKE THE SAUCE: Begin browning the sausage in a large skillet. Add the ground beef into the pan. If the fat the sausage has rendered is insufficient to keep the beef from sticking, add another T. of olive oil to the pan. When the meat is browned, remove it from the pan onto a plate covered in paper towels to drain.
  2. Using the pan you browned the meat in, heat 1/4 c. olive oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the onions to the oil and cook until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. When you are nearing the last minute of cooking time, add in the garlic, and the salt and red pepper flakes, and allow the garlic to become fragrant. (That should take about a minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic.) Add in the tomatoes, and the sugar. Use a large spoon or a potato masher to break up some of the whole tomatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes, over medium heat, stirring from time to time.
  3. Add the reserved meat to the sauce.
  4. FOR THE LASAGNA NOODLES: Cook 2 minutes less than package directions, in salted boiling water. Drain in colander, and rinse in cold water. Blot dry with paper towels, and lay flat on waxed paper.
  5. FOR THE FILLING: Mix together the ingredients for the filling: the ricotta, beaten eggs, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  6. TO ASSEMBLE THE LASAGNA: Pre-heat the oven to 375º.
  7. Spread a little sauce over the bottom of a 9" x13" baking dish.
  8. Cover with a layer of noodles.
  9. Put a blotch of filling here and there. Use 1/2 the filling.
  10. Spread 1/3 of the sauce over that.
  11. Spread 1/2 of the mozzarella, hither and thither.
  12. Top that with 1/3 of the noodles.
  13. Top them with the remaining filling.
  14. Spread another 1/3 of the sauce on top of that.
  15. Cover that with the remaining mozzarella.
  16. Apply the last layer of noodles.
  17. Top with the ultimate dosage of sauce.
  18. And sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.
  19. Cover with foil.
  20. Bake for 45 minutes, and remove the foil.
  21. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

I really think this lasagna is better on the second day! So, if you can bear to wait (and we NEVER can), try to make it the day before you plan to eat it. Good luck with that. The waiting will likely kill you.

 

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