classic lasagna

Photo by margaret t.

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 lb (250 g) lasagna noodles

  • 1 pkg chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • Meat Filling:

  • 1/2 lb (227 g) Italian sausage

  • 1/2 lb (227 g) ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 celery, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) dried oregano

  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) dried basil

  • 1 pinch hot pepper flakes

  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 can (14 oz/398 ml) tomato sauce

  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

  • Cheese Filling:

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) nutmeg

  • 2 cups (500 mL) cottage cheese

  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Meat Filling: Remove sausage from casing; crumble meat. In Dutch oven, cook sausage and beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with back of spoon, for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink; remove to plate. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fat from pot. Cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic, oregano, basil and hot pepper flakes, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and meat; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, breaking up tomatoes and stirring often, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened. Add pepper. Cheese Filling: In bowl, beat together eggs, pepper and nutmeg. Blend in cottage cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles for 6 to 8 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and place in cold water. Arrange in single layer on damp tea towel. Spread 1 cup (250 mL) of the meat filling as base in greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. Top with one-third of the noodles in single layer; spread with one-third of the remaining meat filling. Spread with half of the cheese filling, then half of the spinach. Starting with noodles, repeat layers once. Top with remaining noodles; spread with remaining meat filling. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover loosely with foil; bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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