A good lasagna (lasagne) is a wonderful warming dish that everyone loves, but many feel is too cumbersome to make. All those layers, and those big slimy noodles!! Well, it is now a lot easier if you use oven ready lasagna noodles, such as those made by Ronzoni and Barilla. These noodles are pre-cooked and dried: you don’t have to cook them at all, and they are much easier to handle. You’ll find both brands at Stop and Shop. While some cooks suggest briefly soaking these noodles, it does not seem to be necessary as long as they are submerged in sauce and are neither the top nor bottom layer. You can see a complete slide show of these steps here.
Delicious baked lasagna
1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage
2 Tb sugar
1/2 lb lean hamburger (15% fat or less)
1-1/2 cups creamy cottage cheese
1 Tb basil
1-1/2 cups ricotta
2 cloves garlc, pressed
2 Tb chopped parsley
1 1 pound can plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup red wine
2 eggs, beaten
2 6-oz cans tomato paste
1 lb sliced mozzarella
1 8oz pkg oven ready lasagna noodles
1/2 tsp pepper
- Brown the cut-up sausage and hamburger slowly, pouring off excess fat. Add the garlic (pressed), basil, salt, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and red wine.
- Simmer uncovered for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine the ricotta, cottage cheese, parmesan, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Spread a layer of sauce on the bottom of an13 x 9 x 2″ baking pan, and cover with a layer of noodles.
- Spread the ricotta mixture over the noodles.
- Cover the ricotta with a layer of mozzarella.
- Spread a layer of tomato sauce over the mozzarella to begin a second layer.
- Continue with a second layer of noodles, ricotta and mozzarella.
- Top with more freshly grated parmesan cheese.
- Bake in a preheated 375° F oven for about 30 minutes, until bubbling through. Remove from oven and let stand for about 10 minutes before cutting.
This recipe freezes very well, and you should consider making a double batch and freezing one.
Wine pairing for lasagna. Villa Giada Suri Barbera d’Asti
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