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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Recipe Review: Mama Lew's Lasagna

My sweet friend Rebecca made her grandmother's lasagna for our small group a few weeks ago. Holy cow. It was phenomenal. In the past when I've had homemade lasagna I honestly would've just preferred Stouffer's, but not this time. This homemade lasagna will never ever compare to anything frozen. 
The list of ingredients is pretty simple. Not scary at all! Love it.
The best part is it's super easy to make.

Here's the gem:

"Mama Lew's Lasagna"

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lg can (10.75 oz) tomato puree
1 lg can (15 oz) tomato sauce and about 1/2 can or so of water
10-12 lasagna noodles
12oz mozzarella cheese
24 oz cottage cheese 
2 gloves garlic chopped
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano (I used Italian seasoning instead of oregano & salt)
1 1/2 tsp salt
Grated Parmesan

Brown beef and onions; drain excess oil if necessary. Add tomato sauce, water, puree, garlic and seasonings. Cook about 20 minutes. (Do not need to pre-cook noodles!)
Barely cover bottom of casserole w/ sauce.

Overlap 1/2 of noodles
Layer 1/2 cottage cheese
Then 1/2 mozzarella cheese
Then 1/2 of sauce
Finish w/ generous sprinkling of Parmesan all over top.

Bake, tightly covered w. tin foil, @ 350 degrees for approximately 40-45 minutes. *Test noodles w/ knife to see if soft...depends on how "liquidy" sauce is... if you have too much water, turn the oven off and leave the dish in for another 15ish minutes to let the water evaporate.

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