Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Canada's Best Lasagna


This version of Lasagna has Italian sausage along with 4 cheeses. It is a great meal to make ahead and serve at a large gathering. It freezes well.


Serves: 10-12
Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs (700 grams) lean ground beef
1/2 lb (250 grams) Italian sausage (mild or spicy)
1 large onion, chopped
½ green pepper, diced
1 cup mushrooms, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 (796 ml) can crushed tomatoes
1 (796 ml) diced tomatoes
2 (170 grams) cans tomato paste
500 grams ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
225 grams (½ pound) fontina cheese, grated
454 grams (1 lb) mozzarella cheese, divided
12 -15 lasagna noodles

Directions:

Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and garlic.
Add salt, spices, crushed & diced tomatoes and tomato paste; stirring until well mixed.
Simmer 1 hour.
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Spray a 13 x 9" baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine ricotta cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese, fontina cheese and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese.
In a lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce, and cheese mixture; repeat.
Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley
Bake at 375F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted.
Make ahead and freeze, or refrigerate for up to two days. If you freeze the lasagna, thaw prior to baking.
Link to Recipe: Canada's Best Lasagna

Brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, green pepper

 Add garlic and mushrooms and continue to cook.



Add salt and spices.

Add crushed & diced tomatoes and tomato paste; stirring until well mixed.
Simmer 1 hour.

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Combine ricotta cheese, eggs, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley, Parmesan cheese, fontina cheese and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese.
Mix cheese well.

In a greased lasagna pan, layer noodles, meat sauce


Next the cheese mixture; repeat.

Top off with layer of noodles; sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella/fontina cheese and chopped parsley.

Bake at 375F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted.

Serve with fresh French Bread and a Caesar Salad

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