Saturday, June 13, 2009

Recipe Korner

Classic Lasagne

This one takes a little time in preparing but it's not too complicated and it's a good meal if your having company because it makes plenty for everyone.

9 uncooked lasagne noodles (sprouted grain will be your healthy choice for noodles if you're trying to eat healthy)

Meat sauce
1-2# Hamburger (I use 2#) (we use hamburger as we do not eat pork)
3-4 tsp Hot sausage seasoning (adjust to your taste, we like it a little spicey)
2 tsp Onion powder (my kids don't like onions so I have to use this instead)
2 tsp Basil
2 (6 oz) Cans organic tomato paste
1 (16 oz) Can organic chopped tomatoes
1 C Water
1 Clove of garlic minced

Cheese mixture
15 oz Ricotta cheese
4C Mozzarella cheese ( you'll use 3-31/2 cups in this mix and end with 1- 1/2 cup on top)
1/2 C Grated parmesan cheese
2 Eggs slightly beaten

I do this as a "do ahead" and brown the hamburger, hot sausage seasoning, onion powder and basil together. Then I add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, garlic and water and place this all in the crock pot. I cook it on high for about 4 hours. If you're going to be gone all day, cook it on low for 8 hrs.

When your'e ready to put it all together, Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cook your noodles according to the directions on the package.

In a large mixing bowl combine ricotta cheese, 3 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan cheese and slightly beaten eggs while your noodles are cooking and oven is heating.

When noodles are done, layer 3 of them in baking dish, spread 1/2 of cheese mixture over noodles and 1/3 of the meat mixture.
Layer 3 more noodles on top of that and the other half of the cheese mixture then 1/3 of meat mixture.
Place last layer of noodles on and last 1/3 of meat mixture and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cover with tin foil (not touching the food) and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with a garden salad topped with sunflower seeds, raisins, onions (if you like them), green peppers, strawberries and a nice raspberry walnut vinagrette salad dressing.

Great meal and you'll most likely have left overs that you can wrap up and freeze and have a quick meal another day!

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