1-2-3 Lasagna

1-2-3 Lasagna
Adapted from foodnetwork.com
1-2-3 Lasagna

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

90

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

90

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 2

    2 pounds ground beef

  • 5

    5 cups Basic Red Sauce, recipe follows

  • 1

    1 (15-ounce) container ricotta

  • 2

    2 large eggs

  • 1

    1 cup grated Parmesan

  • 1

    1 pound grated Mozzarella

  • 1/2

    1/2 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows

  • 1/2

    1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2

    2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1

    1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/4

    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 12

    12 dried (uncooked) lasagna noodles

  • Basic Red Sauce:

  • 2

    2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes

  • 2

    2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 11/2

    11/2 cups chopped yellow onions (1 medium yellow onion)

  • 1 2

    teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves garlic)

  • 1/2

    1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2

    1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2

    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/8

    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2

    2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 3

    3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2

    2 cups water

  • 1

    1 teaspoon sugar

  • to

    the tomatoes in a large bowl and squeeze to break into small pieces. Set aside.

  • Remove from the heat, and use as needed.

  • 10 1/2

    cups (2 1/2 quarts)

  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

  • 2 1/2

    1/2 tablespoons paprika

  • 2

    2 tablespoons salt

  • 2

    2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1

    1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 1

    1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1

    1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1

    1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  • 1

    1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • 2/3

    about 2/3 cup

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large saucepan, add the ground beef and brown over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, and Essence. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. In a large bowl fold together the ricotta cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup grated mozzarella, the Essence, salt, parsley, basil, and black pepper. Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 3-quart (13 by 9 by 2-inch) casserole. Lay 3 lasagna noodles lengthwise down the dish. The noodles should not touch one another. Spoon 3/4 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle 1 cup of the mozzarella evenly over the ricotta. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, for a total of 4 layers of noodles. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella over the top layer of tomato sauce, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Cover the casserole tightly with aluminum foil, and bake, covered, for 1 hour. Remove the casserole from the oven, and remove the aluminum foil. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

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