Homemade lasagna is one of those hearty, cheesy, belly-warming dishes that provides the cook many opportunities for creativity and improvisation.
Ground Beef or Turkey Lasagna
(makes 12 servings)
1lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
28oz crushed tomatoes no salt added
12oz tomato paste
13oz tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespooon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16oz ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4lb mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a skillet, cook the ground beef or ground turkey, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is well browned.
Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water.
Season with, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley.
Let the mixture simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, covered, stirring occasionally.
Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil.
Cook noodles in the boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain and rinse the noodles.
In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Preheat the oven to 375F
In a 9″x13″ baking dish, spread 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce on the bottom. Arrange half the noodles lengthwise over the meat sauce. Spread half the ricotta cheeze mixture over the noodles, then add a third of the mozzarella cheese slices.
Top with another 1 1/2 cups of the meat sauce, then add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
Repeat this process with the remaining ingredients, then top it all with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil, then bake for 25 minutes.
Remove the foil, then bake an additional 25 minutes.
Let cool 15 minutes before serving.