My dear friend told me a long time ago that she was perfectly fine making/baking things from a box or package to save time and energy, because that time or energy was better spent on quality time with your kids and family (shoutout to Amy Dale - that was you). Well, I wholeheartedly agree with that. There are a few special things I will always make from scratch (pie crust and gravy to name two) but when it comes to most things, I take the easy way. That's where the title of this post comes in.
I've spent a while (about 4 1/2 years actually) trying to come up with the perfect lasagna recipe to fit
That brings us to this recipe - I'll share it before I share the origin :)
1 package of oven-ready lasagna
1 lb (approx) ground beef
1/2 lb ground sausage
1 26oz jar of spaghetti sauce
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 3/4 C or 15oz fat free ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
2-3 C shredded mozzarella cheese
handful of shredded Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, brown meat then drain. Return to skillet and add spaghetti and tomato sauce. In medium bowl, add egg, ricotta, basil, & oregano.
1.In a 9x13" baking dish, spread about 3/4C meat sauce evenly over dish.
2.Add 3 of the noodles side-by-side but not touching (they expand).
3.Spread 1/3 ricotta mixture on noodles.
4.Spread 3/4C meat sauce over that, then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
Repeat steps 2,3,&4 two times. Add remaining noodles, remaining meat sauce, and sprinkle with remaining mozz. cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
That is a lot of words but it is the simplest recipe for lasagna I've ever made. And guess where I found it? On the box of oven-ready noodles - American Beauty brand. I tweaked it a little - and you can adjust the assembly to your preference, but that is the origin.
Lasagna is one of Tyler's favorite meals so I try to make it pretty often. It looks like someone is following in his dad's footsteps... sorry for the blurry pictures. It's pretty evident I don't have a clue how to work my camera.
Mmm...want a kiss?