If you are looking for fancy, complicated superbly homemade lasagna you may want to continue searching.
This is how I have made Lasagna for 24 years for my large family. It is simple and we all can agree that we like it. Finding something that a family of ten all liked was a challenge so I stuck with it and changed very little over the years. It does not include onions we do not care for them but they could be added along with anything else you like.
One major change I did make over the years was that I switched ricotta out for cottage cheese. I have a son that hates ricotta but likes the cottage cheese and the rest of us like it as well.
What you will need:
2 pounds ground beef
Green pepper chopped
Onion chopped (Optional)
Salt and paper to taste
2 Jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 box Lasagna noodles
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Large container cottage cheese
Brown the ground beef, chopped onions ( If you are using them ) and chopped green peppers together in a large frying pan until the ground beef is cooked through. Once cooked drain the ground beef well. We skipped the onions because no one here likes them.
Return to the pan once the ground beef is drained well and stir in the sauce. Heat until how though out and set aside. ** I noticed my sauce was slightly watery. So I added a small amount of parmesan and mozzarella to thicken it up a bit. Boil water in a large stock pot for the lasagna noodles. I add a couple tablespoon of oil and salt to my pasta water.
Once the pasta is cooked. Drain it and cool it off with cold tap water.Just so they are easier to handle. Now you can start layering your lasagna. As you will see Little Miss Toddler joined me. She loves to help. I really don’t mind. Though I did have to keep telling her to keep those little feet away from the dinner we were making.
I lightly oil my lasagna pan. Some people do not. I do.
The first layer is pasta. I am not fussy in the way I lay them down. If you want to be fancy have at it .
The second layer is the meat sauce. I put mine on pretty heavy.
and then…. You guessed it another layer of pasta. Sometimes I will do a thin layer of mozzarella over the meat sauce this night I didn’t. The cheese holds the lasagna together better for slicing.
Over this layer, you will layer on the cottage cheese and then a thick layer of mozzarella cheese.
As you can see my little helper has arrived. Over the cheeses, you will add yet another layer of pasta, over that meat sauce and again a layer of pasta.
last but not least you will be adding mozzarella cheese to the top. We like lots of it.
Place your lasagna in a 350-degree oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. I like to serve mine with fresh bread and a green salad.
I love the fact that cooking brings my children and Granddaughter into the kitchen. Skills like cooking are very important for children to learn. Even the youngest toddler can help out with simple tasks. My children have always enjoyed eating what they cooked.