It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers. So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe from my own kitchen or a guest author favorite. It could be a cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes the eye and fancy…which today is HOMEMADE LASAGNA from Karen’s Kitchen!
My family loves it when I make lasagna from scratch. I’ve had this recipe forever. Now that I’m sharing it, my mouth is watering. I predict a lasagna meal coming up soon. Yes, it takes a bit of preparation. I do spread the prep over a couple of days, making the sauce one day and then pulling it all together the next. Less work that way, and the sauce is twice as good just by “steeping” all of the flavors together.
I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!
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1 lb. hamburger
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 small can tomato paste
1 large can stewed tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 stalk celery
2-3 tsp. oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
Fresh spinach (optional, cook in final 10 minutes until tender)
Meat sauce above can be done day before. Then, you need:
1 lb. lasagna noodles
1 small container cottage cheese
1 8-oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook meat sauce in a crockpot or pan until hot, bubbly. I prefer the crockpot method so it cooks all day and “steeps”. Makes for richer sauce. If you’re making it the day before, let cool and refrigerate overnight. You’ll have to heat up the sauce to prepare the lasagna.
Boil lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse to prevent sticking.
Whip up 2 eggs and mix in the cottage cheese.
To layer: Spoonful of meat sauce on bottom of 9×12-inch oven pan/dish. Then, noodles side by side. Spoon approximately 1/3 of the egg/cottage cheese mixture over noodles and spread the length of the noodles. Sprinkle 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese.
Second layer begins with meat sauce, noodles, egg/cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, and then meat again until all ingredients used, finishing with meat sauce and cheese.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over everything and cook in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 1 hour, until bubbly and cheese begins to brown on top.
NOTE: This may overflow. Suggest placing a cookie sheet under the pan so you don’t have to clean the oven. 🙂