Thursday, July 31, 2008

A real treat

On one of the other blogs that I enjoy reading, the blogger (JulieMom) does a weekly post that she calls Foodie Friday. She makes really yummy looking things and takes beautiful pictures of them. I thought it would be nice if I shared with you a recipe that I keep getting requests for again and again.

When Loren and I first got married, our friend Bethany gave us a recipe for lasagna that she said was the most delicious ever. Once we tried it, we could never love another lasagna again. Sure, they're good, but this one is...well, the most delicious ever. I have even made it with cabbage leaves instead of lasagna noodles. YUM!

8 0z lasagna noodles
1 lb ground beef
32 oz tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sugar
2 cups cottage cheese
3 cups Mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmesan (go ahead and buy the wedge and grate it is soooo worth it)

(you can substitute Prego mushroom sauce for the tomato sauce, salt, Italian seasoning, and sugar, it tastes almost exactly the same)

Brown and drain the ground beef. Add the sauce, water, salt, seasoning and sugar (or just the Prego). Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. In a 13"x9" dish: layer 1/3 meat sauce, 1/2 uncooked noodles (That's right, you don't have to precook them! Just don't make the mistake of buying the noodles that say on the box "no need to precook." The texture is not good), 1 cup cottage cheese, and 1/3 of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers, and then end with the meat sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Remove the foil and let sit for 10 minutes. ENJOY! :)

And my little confession: I always use extra cheese! *hangs her head*

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