Lasagna! Everyone loves lasagna. The cheese and the noodles and the !!Cheese!! I don’t know anyone who can resist my mom’s lasagna. I managed to get her to cook me some so that I could take a picture of it for the ol’ blog. Her lasagna is spicy and delicious! Perfect for those first snowy days of winter. I love it!
- 1 Extra large pack of ground beef
- 1 Head of garlic finely chopped
- 3 Large cans of Hunts tomato sauce (no sugar)
- 1 Large jar of hot salsa
- Chili flakes, to taste
- 1 500g box of lasagna noodles
- 1 Large container of 2%cottage cheese
- 1 Large block of mozzarella cheese
This is my mom’s famous lasagna recipe. Fry the ground beef, preferably in a cast iron pan. Fry until well cooked. Add it to a large roaster pan and stir in the entire head of chopped garlic and a sprinkle of chili flakes. Stir in the tomato sauce and salsa and roast uncovered at 350° for an hour. Watch the sauce near the end of the time to be sure that it doesn’t brown too much. After that point you can add the lid, lower the temperature and continue to roast the sauce until you’re ready to use it. If it’s in there for a long time you may need to add extra sauce to prevent it from drying out. My mom swears that the roasting of the sauce is what makes this lasagna so good.
While the sauce is roasting boil the entire box of noodles so that they are cooked just below el dente´ and shred or slice your mozzarella cheese. Get out another roaster pan and when the sauce is done put a layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan to prevent the noodles from sticking. Next add a layer of noodles. On top of the noodles more sauce and then one more layer of noodles and one more layer of sauce. On that sauce layer add the layer of cottage cheese. Put the next layer of noodles on top of the cottage cheese then more sauce and then the mozzarella on top. My mom always slices the cheese instead of shredding it. She also warns against overdoing the cottage cheese.
Roast in the oven again until the cheese is toasty and the sauce is bubbling around the edges. This usually takes 30-45 minutes. if it isn’t brown enough you can leaving under the broiler for a while. Watch it constantly under the broiler because it will burn quickly if left unattended. Once the lasagna is out of the oven let it sit for a while before you slice it. Allowing it to sit will let it set a little bit so that it will stay in a nice layered slice when you serve it instead on sliding all over the place. 10-20 minutes would be perfect.
Serve with caesar salad (this link will take you to my cheaters caesar salad) and garlic bread! Delicious!!