Mom's Meaty Lasagna

Lasagna is a classic Italian pasta casserole dish consisting of alternating layers of pasta, cheese, meat or vegetables, and a variety of other ingredients. Mom was never much of a cook, but she did Lasagna justice. This recipe is easy and fun to make. It is a great dinner entree when hosting a dinner party or even just as an every night family meal. It is delicious and flavorful. It's sure to be a favorite among many.

Mom’s Meaty Lasagna recipe:

Prep Time: 30 minutes to prep, 3 hours to bake

Serves: Six to Eight

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of chopped onion
  • ½ cup of chopped green pepper
  • 1 14oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1½ teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ package OR 8oz. of Lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups of cottage cheese
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°.
  2. In a large pot, pour in the vegetable oil, and add the ground beef. Cook the ground beef on medium heat until brown.
  3. Add the onions and green pepper to the ground beef. Cook on medium heat until the onion is transparent.
  4. Once the ground beef and the vegetables are cooked, drain out the fat from the pot.
  5. After the fat has been drained, add the tomato paste, water, sugar, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to the ground beef and vegetables mixture.
  6. Reduce the heat, and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. In a second large pot, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  8. Place the Lasagna noodles into the boiling water, and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender.
  9. After the noodles are cooked, rinse with cold water.
  10. In a medium dish, combined the cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese and blend them together.
  11. In a large 10” x 6” x 2” pan or dish, arrange enough of the lasagna noodles on the bottom to cover.
  12. Spread a layer of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles to cover.
  13. Spread a layer of the meat sauce mixture on top of the cheese mixture to cover.
  14. Repeat the layering of noodles, cheese, and meat sauce until the pan or dish is filled to the top.
  15. Cover the pan or dish with tin foil and place in the oven for 3 hours to bake.

This recipe can also be baked at 350° for 20-30 minutes.

Alternative Recipe Suggestion

For those that prefer a vegetarian alternative, the ground beef can be replaced with extra vegetables. Delicious vegetables to add could be mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and/or squash.

Cooking steps would follow the recipe above. Step 2 and 3 would combine to make one step:

  • In a large pot, pour in the vegetable oil, and all of the vegetables. Cook on medium heat until the onions are transparent.

Happy baking!