Recipe of the Week: VC Lasagna

I’m excited to say that at this time next week I will be able to make and take pictures of my Recipe of the Week recipe!!! I cannot tell you all enough how excited I am to cook again! I never thought I’d appreciate a spatula so much! 🙂

To commemorate this momentous occasion, I’ll be giving you all Jeff and I’s recipe for our infamous lasagna! It’s a combination of both of our mothers’ recipes and it’s a favorite of ours when we entertain. Try it out and let me know what you think!

The VC’s Lasagna
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. 90% or better lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage
  • 2 jars Basil & Tomato pasta sauce (reserve 1 cup)
  • 2 boxes lasagna noodles, cooked, drained, and held in cool water
  • 2 lbs. part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 bags finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium frying pan, brown beef and sausage together until cooked through. Drain off fat. Add in the pasta sauce, reserving 1 cup.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, eggs, basil, parsley, oregano, salt, and one bag of mozzarella cheese. Mix well.
  4. Spray a 9×13 glass pan with non-stick spray or cover with Reynolds cooking foil (one side is parchment!)
  5. Begin by spooning 1/4 cup of the reserved sauce onto the bottom of the pan. Spread evenly.
  6. Layer lasagna noodles onto sauce until the bottom of the pan is covered.
  7. Spoon on 1/4 of the cheese mixture and spread evenly.
  8. Spoon on 1/3 of the meat mixture and spread evenly.
  9. Layer lasagna noodles on top of the meat mixture evenly.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 until all ingredients are used and noodles are on top.
  11. Pour remaining pasta sauce onto top layer of noodles and spread evenly.
  12. Top with remaining bag of mozzarella cheese.
  13. Sprinkle Parmesan onto mozzarella layer. This prevents the mozzarella from sticking to the foil during baking.
  14. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  15. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden.
  16. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!

 

Variations:

  • Sub in ground turkey for the beef
  • Use sweet Italian sausage
  • Your favorite pasta sauce will work
  • Use Barilla’s no-cook lasagna noodles

This meal goes great with homemade bread with roasted garlic butter and a mixed green salad!

 

 

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