How to Cook Lasagna
You have come back home after a hectic hard work the whole day round. As you ask her to serve you dinner it was the same typical home made stuff. Although it is not something that is perhaps beyond your expectations but so as to rejuvenate your mood it has to be something special such as Lasagna. Now if you want to go out or order lasagna at a nearby restaurant, there is no need as you can easily prepare it within 40 to 45 minutes. Just ask your tummy to be patient and make sure that you have a few things ready if you like to enjoy special homemade lasagna.
Sweet Italian Sausage – 1 pound
Lean ground beef – ¾ pound
Minced Onion – ½ Cup
Crushed Garlic – 2 cloves
Crushed tomatoes – 1 can (28 ounce)
Tomato paste – 2 cans (6 ounce)
Canned Tomato sauce – 2 cans (6½ ounce)
Water – ½ Cup
White Sugar – 2 table spoons
Dried basil leaves – 1½ table spoons
Fennel seeds – ½ teaspoon
Italian seasoning – 1 table spoon
Salt – 1 table spoon
Ground black pepper – ¼ teaspoon
Chopped fresh parsley – 4 tablespoons
Lasagna noodles – 10 to 12
Ricotta cheese – 16 ounces
1 egg and ½ table spoon salt
Sliced mozzarella cheese – ¾ pound
Grated Parmesan cheese – ¾ cup
First of all you need to have sausage cooked by using ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat in a Dutch oven until the colour is well browned.
To the undercooked ground beef, add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water along with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley.
Cook lasagna noodles in a large pot of lightly salted water for 8 to 10 minutes followed by draining and rinsing with cold water.
Mix ricotta cheese with egg fried and cut into small bits along with remaining parsley and ½ teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl.
In the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish, spread 1½ cups of meat sauce with 6 noodles lengthwise and one half of the ricotta cheese mixture plus a one-third of mozzarella cheese slices for topping.
On the top of mozzarella, spread 1 ½ cups meat sauce with spoon, sprinkling ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and repeat for more layers.
Top the prepared matter with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for all layers. To avoid sticking, cover with foil otherwise you can also spray foil with cooking spray to ensure that the cheese is not in contact with the foil.
Put the prepared stuff in an oven, pre-heated to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 minutes. Make sure that the foil is removed while cooking for additional 25 minutes.
Your Lasagna is now ready but you have to wait for atleast 15 minutes so that it cools down a little bit before you serve it.