I had the pleasure of hosting my Mom and her boyfriend for dinner last weekend. I invited them to stay for dinner on a whim. They were travelling a fair distance that day to come check out my new digs. It only seemed like the right thing to prolong that visit with a dinner. After all… I don’t get to see my Mom all that often.
We had a lovely visit. For dinner I served a homemade lasagna, salad and garlic bread. Everyone devoured the lasagna. Both men chimed in saying it was the best lasagna that they had ever had. Comments like that always make my heart happy. I love nothing more than knowing a meal that I have served was both satisfying and thoroughly enjoyed.
This past week, my BlackBerry died. I had snapped pictures of the lasagna using my BlackBerry in hopes to use them for this post. Alas… *poof*… They vanished. Just like that. Good thing I do my weekly grocery shop midweek. On Wednesday, I picked up all the ingredients and prepared the lasagna again for dinner.
The lasagna is quite simple to prepare. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes total to prepare and 60 minutes to bake.
Apparently the leftovers from this meal are causing a wee bit of lunch envy at my husband’s work. All the guys in the office are jealous. I simply told him that they should arrange a potluck in the near, but distant future. Perhaps then his office could enjoy the meal too. Holiday office potluck party, anyone? This meal would be perfect for it!
Beef & Ricotta Lasagna
Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
1 (700ml) jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 lb of ground beef
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1/4 tsp ground oregano
A dash or two of cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp Oregano
1 cup water
1 (400ml) container of Ricotta Cheese
1 egg (beaten)
2 cups mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375.
Brown ground beef. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, ground thyme, ground oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and water. Stir and simmer, covered on low.
While the pasta sauce is simmering, mix together the parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta cheeses in a bowl with an egg and oregano. Combine well.
In a casserole dish, add a generous layer of meat sauce to the bottom of your casserole dish. Add a layer of lasagna noodles followed by half of your cheese mixture. Top with a 1/3 of your meat sauce, another layer of lasagna noodles and remaining cheese and meat mixture. Finish off by sprinkle some parmesan cheese across the lasagna.
Cover the casserole dish in foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil after 45 minutes and continue to bake for 15 more minutes.