Introduction: Mom's Midwestern Lasagna
Growing up, My mom's lasagna was always my favorite dish. With my family being one which embraces Midwest culture and food preferences, the lasagna has always been meaty and cheesy. Here is how to make my mom's simple Midwestern lasagna.
· 1 lb. raw hamburger
· 1 lb. raw pork sausage
· 8 oz. ricotta cheese
· 1 egg
· 1 24oz jar of Classico Pasta Sauce
· 1 8 oz box of lasagna noodles
· ½ tablespoon of minced garlic.
· ½ tablespoon of minced onion
· 1 ½ cups of each type of shredded cheese
6 Cheese Italian
· 9x13 pan
· Frying pan
· Large pot
· Variety of mixing bowls
· Aluminum foil
· Non-stick spray
Step 1: Preheat Your Oven
Preheat you oven to 350 degrees
Step 2: Cook Noodles
Bring water to a boil in a large pot and cook lasagna noodles as instructed on the package.
Step 3: Cool Noodles
Use a colander to cool noodles with cold water and set them aside for later use.
Step 4: Brown Meat
Put hamburger, pork sausage, minced garlic, and minced onion in a pan and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently with a spatula, until meat is thoroughly browned.
Step 5: Drain Meat
Use the colander to drain the grease from the browned meat.
Step 6: Make Meat Mixture
In a large bowl, mix the browned meat with the jar of Classico sauce. Then, set it aside for later use.
Step 7: Beat Egg
Crack an egg into a small bowl and stir it up with a fork until it is well mixed.
Step 8: Make Ricotta Mixture
Add ricotta cheese to the egg and stir up until the mixture is a uniform consistency, then set it aside for later.
Step 9: Put It Together
Layer all the ingredients in the 9x13 pan.
a. Starting on the bottom layer, put 3-4 lasagna noodles along the length of the pan.
b. Spread half of the meat mixture on top of the noodles.
c. On top of the meat mixture, put 3-4 more lasagna noodles along the length of the pan.
d. On top of the noodles, spread all the ricotta mixture.
e. On top of the ricotta mixture, spread the remaining meat mixture.
f. On top of the meat mixture, lay out another 3-4 lasagna noodles along the length of the pan.
g. On top of the noodles, put all the shredded cheese: 1 ½ cups each of Mozzarella, Garlic Jack, and Italian 6 Cheese.
Each layer should cover the length of the pan; the photo is for illustration purposes.
Step 10: Cover It
Spray aluminum foil with non-stick spray and cover the top of the lasagna pan with it.
Step 11: Bake It
Bake the lasagna in the middle rack oven at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
Step 12: Brown the Cheese
Remove the foil, then broil in oven until the cheese is golden brown.
Step 13: Eat It!
Remove the lasagna from the oven, cut into the desired number of pieces, and serve it.