Friday, November 9, 2007

Mom's Lasagna

My mom's lasagna was always one of my favorite meals growing up and her recipe is the one I always use. It is by no means low fat, so I don't make it often. But when I do, it is definitely a treat and so worth the extra calories!

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t oregano
1 t basil
2 large cans tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 large can petite diced tomatoes
1 box lasagna noodles
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 lbs sliced mozzarella cheese

Saute onions and garlic in large pot over medium heat. Add ground beef and brown. Add spices (measurements of which are a guess b/c I never measure them). Drain meat. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and diced tomato. Mix well and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. While sauce is simmering, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions and drain. Spray 9 x 13 pan or deep dish lasagna pan with cooking spray. Spoon a small amount of meat sauce onto bottom of pan. Layer noodles, sauce, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers 2 times ending with cheese. Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray so that the cheese won't stick to it and cover lasagna with foil. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

TIP OF THE DAY: Put a tiny bit of cooking oil in your water when boiling the noodles so that they don't stick together when you drain them.

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Maple Walnut Scones