Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Homemade Lasagna

This was my first go at homemade lasagna, and if I do say so myself, it was the best lasagna I've ever had (toot! toot!).  Homemade lasagna always intimidated me, but it was way easier than I thought it would be.  This makes a great weeknight meal since it is pretty easy to throw together.

{What you need}

1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

1 pound ground beef
1 large can crushed tomatoes
¼ teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
3 cloves garlic
2 ounces cream cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

9 uncooked lasagna noodles (or more if needed)

1/4 cup water
Brown the beef in a large saucepan.  Set aside in a bowl.  In the same sauce pan combine crushed tomatoes, basil, onion, garlic, and garlic salt and heat until warm.  Add the cream cheese and stir until it is melted.  Add the beef and mix.  In the bottom of a medium casserole dish, add enough sauce to just cover the bottom.  Place three (or as many as needed to cover all the sauce) on the sauce.  Layer the ricotta cheese and some more sauce on the noodles, and repeat the layering until the casserole dish is full to the top.  Drizzle the water around the edge of the dish and cover with foil.  Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.  Take out and top with the mozzarella cheese and bake, uncovered, for ten more minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

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