Baked Lasagna

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Baked Lasagna

I've had this recipe for a gazillion years so I can't say where it came from. The internet wasn't big back then so it must have been in a cookbook or magazine. What I do know is it is so scrumptious I've never had to reinvent it or even try a newer version. So from my recipe box to you here is the easiest, tastiest, cheesiest lasagna ever!

Prep Time: 40 minutes   Cook Time:  70 minutes   Yields:   

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 - 24 oz jars pasta or spaghetti sauce*
  • 32 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box lasagna noodles, uncooked

Preparation Instructions

1. Cook the ground beef in a skillet. Drain the grease.

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2. Place meat in a medium size bowl. Add the pasta sauce and mix well.

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3. In another medium sized bowl, or using your mixer, thoroughly combine the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozarella cheese, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, and the eggs.

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4. In a 13x9 baking pan spread 1 cup of the meat sauce, a layer of the lasagna noodles, another cup of the meat sauce, and 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture.

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5. Repeat each layer finally topping with 2 cups of the meat sauce. Well, I forgot to keep taking pictures but you get the idea.

6. Cover with tin foil and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.

7. Remove the tin foil and sprinkle the remaining mozarella and parmesan cheeses over the top.

8. Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting.

The noodles will bake al dente which means they will have a chewy texture.  For softer noodles refrigerate, preferably overnight, but at least for two hours before baking to allow the noodles to absorb some moisture before baking.

Add a small salad and crusty Italian bread for a divine meal. If you want to share with fido make sure the ingredients in the pasta sauce are dog friendly. Here's a great dog friendly recipe to make your own simple tomato sauce, just omit the black pepper or replace with cayenne pepper. 

This dish freezes very well. Slice individual portion sizes to freeze or if you plan to freeze the whole thing for later then line the baking dish with foil before baking for easy removal from the pan once it is frozen.

* I used Kroger Roasted Red Pepper with Garlic pasta sauce.