Now that the snow is here it makes me just want to make those meals that fill the house with good smells and are super yummy to eat. One of the things that comes to mind is lasagna. I love lasagna. All that cheese and meat sauce, nice and warm and bubbly. It makes the whole house smell so good. Italian food just satisfies your hunger like no other.
In days long ago I use to cook the noodles before putting the lasagna together, but I finally figured it out and no longer do that. Even though I loved this dish I had always hated putting it together because of the prep time. With this recipe I'm going to share the prep time is minimal. No more cooking the noodles ahead of time. All you need to do is brown the meat and saute some onions and mushrooms and you're ready to put this thing together. Serve this with french bread and a salad and you have a wonderful meal that was super easy to make.
1lb ground beef
1/2 lb Italian ground sausage
1-4.5oz canned mushrooms
1 medium onion chopped
1- 28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1- 16 oz pkg cottage cheese
1 pint ricotta cheese
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
1-16 oz pkg lasagna noodles (about 9-12 noodles)
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1. In a large skillet brown beef and sausage; Add mushrooms and onions and saute. Stir in spaghetti sauce and heat well. Reserve a little sauce to pour on the bottom of the pan.
2. In a medium bowl mix cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and eggs together.
3. Put a thin layer of the reserved sauce on the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch pan. Next put a layer of noodles. A layer of the cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese (reserve 1/2 C for the top), and then meat sauce. Continue to layer until all the ingredients are used.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and add the reserved cheese and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve with bread and a salad.